“Royal Aloha Comes Alive! For the Timeshare of Your Life!” That was the headline proudly proclaimed in the first issue of Diamond Headlines, Royal Aloha’s very original newsletter. Thirty-five years and 300,000 member vacations later, Royal Aloha continues to be a trusted partner for our members’ vacation lives, helping to build and create lasting family vacation memories every single day!
Launched on September 23, 1977, Royal Aloha was one of the pioneers in the US timeshare industry, and probably the only one that is still standing today as an independent, international member-owned company. Back in September 1977, the Club’s first units were in Aloha Towers, Waikiki, but plans were already underway to add units in Kona, Maui and Acapulco. In early 1980, RAVC branched out to Mainland United States with units in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada; and in Fall 1980, Royal Aloha expanded internationally with units in Marbella, Spain. (I bet you didn’t know that Royal Aloha was the first US vacation Club to have a European destination!) In 1982, we exchanged some of our units in Acapulco for a new location in Chandler, Arizona. In consideration of RAVC members living on the East side of the Mississippi, we added a new location in Branson, Missouri in 2001. Our latest addition was units in the Pacific Northwest at Otter Rock, Oregon in 2007. Through internal exchange arrangements with other resorts, members today also have opportunities to vacation in Kauai, Hawaii; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Royal Aloha Vacation Club members have always come from all walks of life. That very first RAVC newsletter, Diamond Headlines, revealed some interesting statistics of our initial member profile: The youngest was 20 years old and the oldest was 72 (should be 107 now!) There were 6 airline pilots, 3 professional athletes, 16 flight attendants, 20 workers from the Alaskan Pipeline, and one gourmet chef. There were also a few doctors, lawyers, farmers, insurance agents and teachers - a membership as diverse then as it is today. From an early membership of about 200 thirty-five years ago, Royal Aloha now has a big family of about 8,500 members, coming from every single state of the United States and over 20 foreign countries.
A 35th anniversary is indeed an important milestone. We should all celebrate and be proud. Of course, there were some trials and tribulations along the way, and we couldn’t have overcome them without YOU, our loyal and valued members! We would also like to thank all the RAVC staff for their dedication and hard work.
We look forward to continuing the privilege of playing an important role in the timeshare of your life, as proclaimed 35 years ago!
(Mr. Stephen Lin is the Executive Vice President and Controller of Royal Aloha Vacation Club and has just celebrated his 31st anniversary with Royal Aloha.)
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G. A. “Red” Morris, Chairman of the Royal Aloha Vacation Club,
announces that Jack Corteway will be retiring
at next year’s Annual Meeting of Members (May 2013)
as President and Chief Executive Officer of RAVC.
Corteway has successfully led the 35-year-old,
Hawaii-based timeshare company for 22 years
and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
The Summer 2012 issue of Aloha Kakou* is now available for you to view on-line.
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If you want to be “connected” while enjoying your vacation at Royal Aloha Waikiki, RAVC now has two ways for you to access the internet.
There is free Wi-Fi on the 3rd floor Recreation Deck of the Diamond Head Tower from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. When you check in with Phylis Culver, you may ask for the sign-on and password.
For a fee you can access Wi-Fi from your unit. This service is provided by Skywave, and their most popular plans are:
•1 day for $8.95
•1 week for $24.95
Look for information in your in-room booklet or ask at the office. Whichever way you choose, enjoy your stay in beautiful Waikiki!
Mr. Jack Corteway, President and CEO of Royal Aloha Vacation Club, has been confirmed by the Hawaii State Senate to serve on the board of directors of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) on April 19, 2012. HTA is the lead state agency to market, develop and support Hawaii’s visitor industry, which is the primary economic engine for the island state. In 2009, the visitor industry produced $9.5 billion (14.8 percent) of the gross state product and accounted for 18.9 percent of the total state tax revenue and 15.9 percent of total employment. The 12-member HTA board of directors has the responsibility of setting broad policies and directions for the HTA’s activities.
Even though timesharing has been the fastest growing segment of Hawaii’s tourism industry in recent years, this is the first time that a representative from the timeshare industry has been appointed to this policy-making board. According to the most recent economic study, Hawaii timeshare business supports $4.5 billion of spending, 34,420 full- and part-time jobs, and $1.4 billion in salaries and wages and related income. There are 87 timeshare properties in Hawaii, and more than 3,000 new units are in the pipeline. About 1.2 million timeshare vacationers visit Hawaii annually. As a pioneer in Hawaii’s timeshare industry, RAVC is glad that the industry finally has a voice in the State’s policy deliberations on tourism. And we are so proud that Royal Aloha’s president has been selected for this critical role.
Mr. Corteway became the President and CEO of RAVC in 1991. Prior to joining RAVC, he was the President and CEO of Bank of Honolulu. During his 36 years in Hawaii, he had served on a wide range of boards and committees, including the Hawaii Bankers Association, Association of United States Army, Hawaii Army Museum, Honolulu Symphony Society, Judicial Council of Hawaii, and others. He was the founding Chairman of the American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) State Chapter in Hawaii and currently serves on ARDA’s national board, its Ethics Committee and International Foundation. Mr. Corteway’s broad experience in both for-profit and non-profit enterprises will be an added asset to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.