With today’s negative image of the timeshare industry, consumers are hesitant to go into this kind of property while some current owners are trying to get out of their timeshare units. In Europe, one organization was established to improve representation for reputable companies in their timeshare sector and to promote and maintain quality standards, fair trading and growth within the expanding timeshare industry.
RDO or Resort Development Organization is a non-profit member association that actively campaigns against fraudulent operators. It also provides information to the authorities to help shut down bogus holiday clubs and actively works to alert consumers regarding timeshare frauds and protect the consumers' interests. It was established following the decision by the European Timeshare Federation in February 1998 to integrate all national timeshare trade assocations across Europe into one official membership organization.
Members of RDO include representatives from a wide variety of sectors of the timeshare industry from countries all over Europe. Also, some of the biggest names in the resort development industry are RDO members like Hilton, Pestana Resorts and Sol Melia. On the other hand, some are exchange companies, management, marketing companies, trustees, finance entities and resale companies. Every member of RDO must abide by a strict code of ethics which then helps in protecting the consumers when enjoying many years of quality timeshare holidays with the peace of mind and the assurance that they are buying from a reputable, quality company.
As we often hear or read today, many owners are complaining regarding their timeshares and decided to get rid of it while some even hire a timeshare transfer company such as the Transfer Smart. The RDO improve such condition while working with governments at both national and European level to create a fair legislation that will not only protect consumers' interests, but also ensure that overall industry standards are maintained and that positive growth is encouraged.