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August 17, 2017Aimfair members are located throughout the US and Canada, with some from Mexico and Great Britain as well. Wisconsin is a well represented state, and unfortunately, one Aimfair member's family is close to Abbey Conner, the young woman who tragically drowned at an Iberostar Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The case is still being investigated, but there does not appear to be much hope of knowing exactly what happened.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has been closely following this case. Following is a list of related articles recently posted by the paper:
- 8/17/17 - Blackout Victims at Mexico Resorts have Little Hope of Justice
- 8/12/17 - Mexican Authorities Crackdown and Seize Illicit Alcohol at Cancun Resorts
- 7/28/17 - Mexico Says It Will Take Action Against Tainted Alcohol
- 7/26/17 - State Department Issues Travel Warning - Tainted Alcohol in Mexico
- 7/20/17 - All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico - Suspected of Drugging Tourists
- 7/12/17 - Wisconsin Family Questions Daughters Mysterious Drowning
- Definition 1: Trust means being able to predict what other people will do and what situations will occur. If we can surround ourselves with people we trust, then we can create a safe present and an even better future.
- Definition 2: Trust means making an exchange with someone when you do not have full knowledge about them, their intent and the things they are offering to you.
- Definition 3: Trust means giving something now with an expectation that it will be repaid, possibly in some unspecified way at some unspecified time in the future.
- Definition 4: Trust means enabling other people to take advantage of your vulnerabilities—but expecting that they will not do this.
How do we as individuals protect ourselves from illicit alcohol? By taking extra steps to validate the source and origin of a drink. Drink liquids that are capped, such as beer and wine. Be careful about drinking Tequila made in places you don't trust. Just be careful. Use common sense. Recognize when circumstances could become out of control and move on.
Bottom Line: Grand Luxxe facilities are AAA Five Diamond rated. Mexico is a beautiful place. Enjoy, and be careful!
July 20, 2017Timeshare's are usually used as homes, when it comes to meals. Owners like to stock up at the local Walmart, Mega Foods, or Costco because of the savings on refreshments and freshness of the food they cook and eat. Groups of family members descend on one unit and everyone pitches in to disseminate the meal duties.
It is true, however, that the cost of going off property to buy staples and other stuff is increasing, mainly because of the increasing cost of taxi rides. For example, in December, 2015 the cost of a round trip to Sam's or Mega Foods was $340 MxP (about $17 US). Then add the cost of the food and other items purchased. Finally add the time taken. All in all, going off property is an involved process, even though we love to do it every vacation.
The alternative is to truly enjoy your vacation by not worrying about preparing food each meal and cleaning up afterwards. The resort offers meal plans that appear to be very reasonable. Following is an image that explains the plan:
The current rate of MxP to USD is 17.48 to 1. Using this conversion rate, the average price of each coupon is $25.72 US. This includes 12 coupons: 6 for breakfast and 6 for lunches or dinners.
Taking everything into consideration, the price of the meal plan appears to be very reasonable. Check it out for yourselves. We all have a unique take on how to spend vacations and how much to spend as well.
Let us know your thoughts and experiences by posting your comments on Member Reviews. Tap here to be taken there. Cheers!
July 7, 2017Cirque du Soleil announced it has purchased Blue Man Productions. Blue Man wanted to expand and thought the creative venue provided by Cirque would provide a pathway to accomplish its expansion plans. Consider the following article seen on DIS:
Who knows, maybe some day we will be treated to a Blue Man show too.
Blue Man Group Has Been Purchased by Cirque du SoleilCharles Boda | July 6, 2017
Cirque du Soleil has announced today that they have acquired Blue Man Productions, the company behind the popular percussive performers Blue Man Group. The purchase occurred to help both companies serve their mutual goal of expansion.
Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group both currently have existing shows in the Orlando theme park area: Cirque’s Disney Springs show, La Nouba, will have its final performance on December 31st, 2017; and Universal CityWalk hosts a live Blue Man Group show. Exactly how this acquisition could affect the companies’ Orlando presence is unknown, but for the time being, it appears Cirque is more concerned with expansion than with merging their properties.
Daniel Lamarre, Cirque’s chief executive, stated, “The Blue Man Group will keep its autonomy. We’re not going to mix the Cirque du Soleil brand with the brand of the Blue Man Group.”
Blue Man Group’s brand of percussion, lighting, dancing, and nonverbal comedy has already stretched its reach to five permanent shows in the United States (Orlando, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Las Vegas), one international show in Berlin, and one world tour. Their performances are said to take in hundreds of millions of dollars per year. They have been operating for almost 30 years at this point, first performing in 1988 (officially forming in 1991), and have performed in front of over 35 million viewers.
Cirque du Soleil was created in 1984 by former fire-eater Guy Laliberte and initially cultivated street performers in Quebec. Since then, Cirque has gone from 20 performers to 1,300, employs 4,000 people, and operates in approximately 50 nations. Annually, Cirque’s performances draw 13 million people and bring in $1 billion in revenue.
Cirque strategy looks to be expanding Blue Man internationally. “We saw the potential for a marketing and distributing powerhouse like Cirque du Soleil to be able to distribute Blue Man Group and make their brand better known internationally,” Lamarre said.
June 10, 2017Is it the water.....the air.....the food...? What is it? Reservation systems for three top companies continue to be in sick bay. Consider the following from DIS:
Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Reservation System Remains Down Longer Than ExpectedJackie Gailey | June 10, 2017
We were informed that Disney would be implementing a system update on Friday, June 9, 2017, from 2:00 a.m. to end of the business day. Disney reported that the call center and online bookings for Walt Disney Travel Company package and room-only reservations at Walt Disney World Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa would be unavailable during that time.
As of the time of this story publishing, Saturday, June 10, 2017, at 4:10 p.m., their booking system is still down.
Their newest update below shows on the main Walt Disney World website at this time:
WDW Res down
The source of this report is The DIS, which is an information portal about Disney World activities and updates.
So, it seems we Vidanta members are not alone.
May 26, 2017We have heard much about Vidanta's challenges with changes management made to its reservation system. Well, Vidanta is not the only one suffering from owner backlash. Consider Wyndham timeshare owners' actions as a result of Wyndham's changes to its website and reservation system. The Orlando Sentinel posted an article today, that describes timeshare owner's displeasure and from the sound of it, the owners reactions are very similar to Vidanta member reactions to the same issues. Following is the article:
Yes, technology is changing. Growing companies need to keep up. If they don't, software security breaches become very real problems. The recent Wannacry ransomeware attack quickly brings the issue very close to home, not to mention the importance of keeping member personal information confidential.
Rolling out a new website for Wyndham’s timeshare company sparked anger and confusion among owners, which has roiled the company and online forums for days.Orlando-based Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the largest timeshare company in the U.S., warned users it was rolling out the new website over the past weekend. But even with that warning and instructions, hundreds of messages have been posted online complaining.
The most common complaints are trouble logging in, trouble registering as an existing owner, accessing the account, making reservations and missing points or inventory.
“A decent percentage of this frustration is just dealing with change,” said Brian Rogers, who organizes the Timeshare Users Group website. “But it sounds to me they just released it too soon, before all the bugs were worked out. I haven’t seen anyone saying it’s great and they’re happy.”
A discussion thread about the Wyndham website on TUG’s forum had 636 posts by Thursday afternoon.
Wyndham (NYSE: WYN) said it was moving all of its owners to the new system — 400,000 owners, inventory at more than 140 resorts, and about 636,000 existing reservations. “While the vast majority of owners are already fully integrated in the new systems, a very small percentage of accounts are still being transitioned,” Wyndham said in a statement. “Successfully transitioning every account, the inventory-management system, and existing reservations is our top priority, and we continue to focus our teams around the clock on meeting this goal.”
Some of those locked out might have been warned previously that they needed to change their passwords.
Timeshare owner Wes McLaughlin posted on a Facebook group for Wyndham owners, “Wyndham fix your mess! This new system rollout is a total disaster!”
He said he didn’t have trouble with the system but he knew many others who had. He recommended people take a screenshot of the error or lockout messages they are receiving, to document the problems.
“Please, please, bring back the old system! Nobody likes this new one. Especially those of us who are tech-challenged! I’m just lost — just want to cry,” said a post by Maxine Atwood Moates on Wyndham Vacation Ownership’s Facebook page.
The timeshare giant is struggling to weave an old system into a new platform that interacts with new brands that Wyndham has added in recent years, said Greg Crist, CEO of the National Timeshare Owners Association.
He said complaints about the switchover began a year ago when the company first tested the system.
“Technology is a beast,” Crist said. “They need to get this right quick.”
He said the most frustrating thing about the problem, for many, is not being able to book rooms that are highly competitive at desired resorts.
“People had really learned how to maximize their use of the old website,” Crist said. “They knew exactly when to log in for a desirable resort during a certain time period.”
Brands for Wyndham Vacation Ownership include Club Wyndham, WorldMark by Wyndham, Shell Vacations Club, Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham, and clubs in Asia, the South Pacific and Brazil.
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