members of TTT and owners of luxury properties
I'm writing today from
spectacular "Atlantis" on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
to let you know that Trade to Travel is up for
the "Innovation of The Year" award at the Global
Networking Expo for fractional ownership, private
residence clubs, and destination clubs. Following
is the write-up!
"Trade to Travel" (TTT)
has been the innovator for 20 years when it comes to
exchanging exceptional residences, vacation homes, motor
and sailing yachts, villas, chalets, castles, estates,
enchanting inns and boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts,
flats, spas, penthouses and private islands. Via
their services, members enjoy properties worldwide at
The idea for "Trade to
Travel" was born in 1991 in "Ship's Watch" on the Outer
Banks of North Carolina (the first purpose-built luxury
fractional development in the world). The founders
of TTT, Betty Magee and her best friend Vaniene Hardy,
were vacationing in "Ship's Watch" (where Vaniene has
now owned a 1/10th share for 24 years). It was a
rainy day and Vaniene was considering purchasing a beach
house in the area when Betty said, "Wouldn't it be great
if there was a way for owners of vacation homes to
exchange with one another the way timeshares do?"
Vaniene and her daughter, Leah, both thought it sounded
like a great idea indeed and the next week the 3 women
started "Trade to Travel" (long before the advent of the
internet). They invented "non-reciprocal exchange"
for fractional and wholly-owned properties worldwide and
have been non-stop innovators for 20 years.
Leah (now the president of TTT) spoke at
"Fractional Summit USA" in Miami and "Fractional Summit
Europe" in London regarding the value of exchange and
rentals for fractional properties, fractional
developments, private residence clubs, and destination
clubs. Membership in TTT adds value to fractional
offerings, dramatically leveraging owners' investments
and increasing ROI in ways that no other company in the
world makes possible.
A few years ago,
Michael Espindle (Managing Editor of "Elite Traveler"
magazine) said, "Trade to Travel is the biggest news in
the luxury travel industry since the advent of
destination clubs." But it's even better than that.
Trade to Travel wasn't born after destination clubs. It
was born before them. The founder of the first
destination club, "Private Retreats," partnered with TTT
so that members of "Private Retreats" could enjoy TTT
properties and vice versa...which worked great for both
companies until "Private Retreats" went out of business.
Many of "Private Retreats" original members are still
happy members of TTT today and TTT now partners with
destination clubs and private residence clubs to the
benefit of all involved. For example, the owner of
Casa Suenos in Manzanillo (T650 on their website) has
already been to over 90 of his fellow members'
For those who don't own a
vacation property, yet who do want to enjoy wonderful
vacation properties at the best possible prices, TTT
offers a dazzling array of fully vetted rental
properties. Many belong to their "Owners Club" members,
while others are arranged via partnerships with
preeminent real estate and rental companies, destination
clubs, and private residence clubs worldwide. Plus,
renters receive the same devoted concierge services
enjoyed by their "Owners Club" members.
Another benefit of both luxury exchange
and fractional ownership is that they're both "green."
Rather than overbuilding the planet's most precious
vacation destinations, a combination of fractional
ownership and luxury exchange makes it possible for
lovers of spectacular vacations to enjoy the quality of
vacations which they desire while making the best
possible use of the luxury properties which are already
in existence and those which are currently being
Trade to Travel says, "You have
great properties. We have great properties.
Give us a week
and we'll give you the