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Shell Vacations Execs Raise Funds for Charities of Choice

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Northbrook, Illinois — July 28, 2011 – Through Shell Vacations Club (SVC) company-wide charitable giving initiative, SVCares (Community Awareness Raised by Employees of Shell Vacations), Shell employees within each region select local charities to support in a variety of ways. In addition, Shell Vacations employees have personal charities of choice that they donate their time and effort to support.

President and Chief Operating Officer Tracy L. Sherles, is passionate about the Community Partners’ Autism organization. Her home town area has a higher than national average percentage of children with autism. For the sixth consecutive year, they have organized a Golf Tournament and Silent Auction for Autism, where this year over one hundred golfers teamed up on Saturday, July 9, at The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth, New Hampshire and raised more than $10,000 for the local nonprofit organization. New Hampshire native Sherles also participated as a player in the event. “The Community Partners organization has helped many local families,” commented Sherles. “We are proud to be able to give back to this organization so they can continue in their humanitarian efforts for members of our New Hampshire community.”

Once again, Shell Vacations Club was the Platinum Sponsor of the tournament. In addition to a substantial donation, Shell Vacations provided prizes for the live auction, including two seven-night vacation stays at selected company vacation ownership properties, to be chosen by the winners. Proud to serve once again as a tournament sponsor, Shell Vacations owns the local historic Crotched Mountain Resort, located in Francestown, New Hampshire, which has 24 vacation ownership units in two-story buildings, as well as a clubhouse, spa, pool and recreation center.

According to the event chairperson, Jackie Horne, all proceeds from the tournament and auction were donated to the Family Support division of the Community Partners’ Autism Fund. Overseen by the Family Advisory Council, the Family Support Program provides an array of support to families including respite, recreation, information and resources, advocacy, parent-to-parent support, transition to adult services, and opportunities for families to spend time together, plus attend workshops or other trainings.

Shell Vacations Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon H. Ginsburg is active in the Canine Companions for Independence ® (CCI) and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Explains Ginsburg, “Besides always wanting to assist those not as fortunate as us, my wife and I are animal (and specifically dog) lovers. We actively support these charities as they provide support to both of those passions”. CCI is a national non-profit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to individuals with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people. A Service Dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, turn on lights, pick up dropped keys, open a door and even assist with business transactions by transferring money, receipts, and packages. Ginsburg and his wife are attending the annual CCI “Day at the Races” on August 6th which is a fund raising event at the track with silent auctions as well as demonstrating puppies in training.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind are specially trained to assist a person who is blind with mobility. The dog is trained to lead, obey commands, avoid distractions, and disobey a command if it would put them in danger. On October 1, 2011 the Guide Dogs for the Blind will have their ninth annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction. Shell Vacations’ will host attendees at their Vino Bello Resort® in Napa, California. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting annual veterinary costs of $3 million for 4,200 program dogs and puppies. Festivities include a silent auction, reception (featuring multiple Napa Valley chefs and wineries), live auction and four-course gourmet dinner.

Headquartered in Northbrook IL, Shell Vacations is one of the most respected independent vacation ownership developers in the United States, operating or affiliated 24 resorts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company specializes in the sales and hospitality management of vacation ownership resorts as well as servicing over 115,000 owner and member families of its vacation ownership products.

For more information please visit http://www.shellvacationsclub.com.

SUITES AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF IN SAN FRANCISCO EARNS TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Honored as a Highly Rated Hotel as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

San Francisco, CAJuly 7, 2011 – Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which honors top-rated lodging businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site*.

To qualify, these businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travelers. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

“Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf is pleased to receive its first TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Chris Boggess, General Manager at Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence program gives exceptional businesses in a variety of different industries around the world the recognition they deserve,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “From top-rated restaurants in Boston to top-rated attractions in Barcelona, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:

Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 24 resorts and hotels ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.shellhospitality.com.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with seamless links to booking tools.

TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors* across 18 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 45 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 29 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.

TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Condé Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.

TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

TripAdvisor and the TripAdvisor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TripAdvisor LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

©2011 TripAdvisor LLC. All rights reserved.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Media Group Sites, Worldwide, August 2010

** In addition to TripAdvisor, The TripAdvisor Media Group of websites includes: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com and www.kuxun.cn.

***Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2010

**** TripAdvisor sites operate in 29 countries worldwide: www.tripadvisor.com, www.tripadvisor.co.uk, www.tripadvisor.ca, www.tripadvisor.it, www.tripadvisor.es, www.tripadvisor.de, www.tripadvisor.fr, www.tripadvisor.jp, www.daodao.com, www.tripadvisor.in, www.tripadvisor.se, www.tripadvisor.nl, www.tripadvisor.com.br, www.tripadvisor.com.tr, www.tripadvisor.dk, www.tripadvisor.com.mx, www.tripadvisor.ie, www.tripadvisor.com.au, www.tripadvisor.com.sg, www.tripadvisor.co.kr, no.tripadvisor.com, pl.tripadvisor.com, th.tripadvisor.com, www.tripadvisor.ru, www.tripadvisor.com.gr, www.tripadvisor.co.id, www.tripadvisor.com.ar, www.tripadvisor.tw and www.tripadvisor.com.my.

shellMEDIA CONTACT:
Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf
Shallana Edwards
Shell Vacations Hospitality
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Shell Vacations Hospitality Earns “Best in Show” Spectrum Award from AMA Phoenix for the Black Friday Travel Sale & Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Shell Vacations Hospitality, with Partners HeBS Digital and BLAZE PR, wins “Best in Show” Spectrum Award

Phoenix, AZ.  June 16, 2011-Shell Vacations Hospitality announces receipt of the “Best in Show” Spectrum Award from AMA Phoenix, for the “12 Days Before Black Friday Travel Sale & Scavenger Hunt”. The multi-channel marketing campaign, launched together with Shell Vacations Hospitality partners Hospitality eBusiness Strategies (HeBS Digital) and BLAZE PR, also won in the following categories at the 2011 Spectrum Awards:

  • Interactive/Online – Online Marketing Campaign
  • Interactive/Online – Microsite

The “12 Days Before Black Friday Travel Sale & Scavenger Hunt” microsite, designed by HeBS Digital, launched on October 31, 2010. The daily scavenger hunt ran for 12 days leading up to Black Friday. A collaborative effort by all three companies, the campaign was a resounding success in terms of revenue, viral buzz and media coverage. Historically a slow booking period for hoteliers, the sale generated over 2,000% ROAS, significantly added to Shell Vacations Hospitality’s social media following, and increased the brand’s email and mobile opt-in lists. BLAZE PR secured campaign coverage on CNN.com, AOL Travel Online, BusinessReviewUSA.com, Budget Travel, TravelwithVal.com, WTSP.com and more.

Consumers were requested to spread word of the sale through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg and YouTube. Daily prizes included single-night complimentary stays in Las Vegas, given to 12 winners on the 12th day, five-night stays at any Shell Vacations Hospitality resort, and more. The grand prize was a five-night stay at a beachfront resort in Kauai, including an airfare voucher. The grand prize was awarded at random to one of the entrants who collected all 12 clues by returning to the interactive site each day.

“Shell Vacations Hospitality is proud to accept these prestigious awards,” said Shallana Lynn Edwards, Director of eMarketing. “We achieved all of our campaign goals of boosting year-over-year revenue on the website, increasing awareness of Shell Vacations Hospitality’s discounted rates to 20 destinations, and considerably increasing our social media, email and mobile opt-in lists for future marketing efforts. Shell Vacations is thankful that AMA Phoenix has recognized the creativity and results of this campaign, and for the support provided by our partners BLAZE PR and HeBS Digital.”

The awards were presented at the 2011 Spectrum Awards ceremony, held this past May at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. AMA Phoenix granted 42 awards in 11 categories, including one “Best in Show” award that carried across all the categories. In addition to earning the “Best in Show” title, Shell Vacations Hospitality garnered recognition for “Best Online Marketing Campaign” and “Best Microsite,” both of which fell under the Interactive/Online category.

About Shell Vacations:
Shell Vacations offers a collection of 25 resorts and hotels ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations LLC, is a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.ShellVacationsClub.com or http://www.shellhospitality.com.

About Hospitality eBusiness Strategies (HeBS Digital):
Founded in 2001, Hospitality eBusiness Strategies (HeBS Digital) is the industry’s leading full-service hotel digital marketing, website design and direct online channel strategy firm based in New York City (http://www.HeBSDigital.com).

HeBS Digital has pioneered many of the “best practices” in hotel Internet marketing, social and mobile marketing, and direct online channel distribution. The firm has won over 130 prestigious industry awards for its digital marketing and website design services, including numerous Adrian Awards, Davey Awards, W3 Awards, WebAwards, Magellan Awards, Summit International Awards, Interactive Media Awards, and IAC Awards.

A diverse client portfolio of over 500 top tier major hotel brands, luxury and boutique hotel brands, resorts and casinos, hotel management companies, franchisees and independents, and CVBs has sought and successfully taken advantage of the hospitality Internet marketing expertise offered at HeBS Digital. Contact HeBS’ consultants at (212) 752-8186 or info(at)hebsdigital(dot)com.