2013 Perspective Magazine Award Winners Announced at GNEX Conference

The vacation ownership industry’s leading independent multi-media information provider reveals the winners during a Gala dinner at the conclusion of GNEX 2013.

Orlando, FL, February 15, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Timeshare and fractional industry professionals from across the world gathered for the announcement of the Perspective Magazine Award winners last week during a Gala dinner at the Beverly Wilshire – a Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The Awards banquet was held on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at the conclusion of GNEX 2013, which saw a record 182 attendees representing 104 companies attend the conference. As the 3-day event came to a close, the industry’s elite were announced to attendees as the Perspective Magazine Awards, sponsored by Holiday Systems International, were presented during a Hollywood-style Black-tie, red carpet evening befitting its location.

Winners were decided through a combination of online voting and decisions from a panel of four industry experts, with each of the five components accounting for 20 percent of the overall results. Online voting took place during the month of January, with over 14,500 votes cast from industry professionals across the world (compared to 6,000 votes last year) as nearly 200 nominees competed for the coveted awards and accompanying global visibility provided through the industry’s most widely-read trade publication.

The results are as follows:

Best Business Product – HSI Global Travel Benefits
Best Consumer Product – RCI Points
Best Exterior Design – The Beach Samui
Best Financial Services – Wyndham Consumer Finance Division
Best Green Initiative – RCI Green Award Program
Best Individual Marketing Professional – Kelvin Smith, Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Best Individual Sales Professional – Suraj Naik, Karma Royal Group
Best Industry Leader – Barry Robinson, CEO, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific
Best Innovation - Oombaga
Best Interior Design – The Beach Samui
Best Legal Services – ARDA Caribbean Chapter
Best Management Company - Classic Holidays
Best Membership Program – Interval Platinum
Best Newcomer - Oombaga
Best Online Media Award – TheRegistryCollection.com
Best Online Service Award – HSI Booking Engine
Best Place to Work - RCI
Best Print Media – The Registry Collection Program Directory
Best Project Team – Wyndham Vacation Ownership Hospitality Learning & Development Team
Best Service Provider – Dial An Exchange USA
Best Strategic Partnership Award – Interval International & CHTA
Best Technology – RCI Presenter
Entrepreneur of the Year – Bruce L. Thompson – CEO, Gold Key / PHR Resorts and Hotels

Regional Winners
Best Timeshare Resort, North America – Westgate Park City
Best Timeshare Resort, Europe & Middle East - Marriott's Playa Andaluza
Best Timeshare Resort, Asia Pacific – Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa
Best Timeshare Resort, South Africa – Mjejane Game Reserve
Best Timeshare Resort, Latin America – Morritt’s Grand Cayman

Best Fractional Resort, North America – Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa
Best Fractional Resort, Europe & Middle East – Vilnius Golf & Spa Resort
Best Fractional Resort, Asia Pacific - Karma Kandara
Best Fractional Resort, South Africa - Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Best Fractional Resort, Latin America – Grand Residences by Royal Resorts

Worldwide Winners
Best Timeshare Resort - Westgate Park City
Best Fractional Resort - Grand Residences by Royal Resorts

Special thanks go to the Judges:
Richard Ragatz, President, Ragatz Associates
Jim Whitteron, President, Spring Creek Partners
Robert Webb, Partner, Baker Hostetler
Jim Monoyudis, RRP, Senior Vice President of Sales, Somerpointe Resorts

Each winner also receives a specially designed Perspective Magazine Awards logo for use in their marketing materials, websites and brochures.

Nomination information will be available soon for the 2014 Perspective Magazine Awards, so timeshare and fractional industry professionals will be asked to visit http://perspectivemagazine.com/gnex/awards/ when information becomes available.

Sponsors and supporters of GNEX 2013 include:

Dial An Exchange, Holiday Systems International, Interval International, RCI, Oombaga, Travel To Go, Blue Strawberry Resorts, Generator, Intuition, Leisure Logistics, Lloydshare Limited, CustomerCount, Emirates Vacation Club, Merlin Software, Stewart Vacation Ownership, VacationOwnership.com, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Alliances Sales and Marketing Solutions, Brand Tango, Dream Vacation Network, Equiant Financial Services, SFX Preferred Resorts, TrackResults Software, Timeshare Training Today, Send Me On Vacation and Christel House International as Charity of Choice.

About Perspective Group
The Perspective Group provides the vacation ownership industry’s most comprehensive independent multi-media marketing and publishing services globally. The Group includes five regional trade magazines under the Perspective Magazine brand, consumer publication Owners Perspective Magazine, plus member magazines and customized magazines specifically created for clients. A full suite of the latest online and interactive marketing services, including advanced tracking and analytics, are offered through Perspective Interactive, and the Global Networking Expo – GNEX 2013: The Global Meeting of Minds – will bring together industry leaders from six continents. Also coming under the Perspective Group are Perspective PR public relations services and recruitment advertising service TimeshareStaff.com.

Much more than a magazine publisher and media sponsor of over 30 industry events, the rapidly growing Perspective Group offers a strategic range of sales and marketing products and services to assist developers and marketers with sales, lead generation, recruitment, customer retention, upgrades, referrals and much more. For further information just visit http://perspectivemagazine.com/services.
Perspective Magazine
Steve Luba