Canadian Resort & Travel Association

TORONTO, CANADA-- (December 14, 2023) Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA), the industry trade association dedicated to promoting ethical practices in vacation ownership in Canada and throughout the world, continues to grow its membership base.

Gaetan Babin, President and CEO of the Association said, “CRTA Members provide developers and consumers of vacation ownership products informed advice, sound intelligence and advocacy. Our Board represents professionals from all different sectors of our industry as do our members at large. With this energy we are creating fresh opportunities for our members and Canadian timeshare owners as the industry continues to evolve.”

Some of CRTA’s most recent accomplishments are highlighted by the addition of new resort members, including resorts by Club Wyndham (Canmore-Banff, Whistler-Sundance, and Vancouver), and Hilton Grand Vacations Club (Blue Mountain, Tremblant, Whistler). With major brands on board, CRTA is growing, too. The annual GNEX-CRTA conference held at the Fairmount Le Chateau Frontenac (Quebec) in August drew record attendance with attendees from all over North America including Canada, the United States and Mexico.

One of CRTA’s primary priorities is to support the health of the timeshare industry while also advocating for Canadian consumers. More specifically, CRTA executive leadership, along with that of the American Resort Development Association is fighting for the rights of Canadian timeshare owners to enjoy the vacation opportunities at the timeshare resorts they love. Timeshare (also known as vacation ownership) provides affordability and flexibility for consumers looking to enhance their lives with travel, with most properties featuring high-end amenities and consistent quality standards.

CRTA’s membership base consists of resorts, timeshares, vacation clubs, developers, HOAs, exchange companies, management companies, financial servicing companies, resale companies, marketing companies, suppliers, as well as other industry associations and professionals who offer their services within the industry.

The Canadian Resort & Travel Association

CRTA is an industry association that is dedicated to furthering the ownership-based vacation and resort development industry, both at home and abroad. The association was founded in 1980 as “The Resort Timesharing Council of Canada” in response to the public’s demand for more information about vacation ownership. Since then, CRTA has become the preeminent industry association representing all forms of Vacation Ownership in Canada. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We regularly host stimulating conferences, symposiums and committee meetings that encourage B-2-B opportunities, networking, education, and problem solving among our members. Member Services can be reached at [email protected]

Earlier this year, CRTA welcomed top executives from Canada , US and Mexico as well as some European representatives to one of our most historical city, Quebec City.

Such a privilege to work with GNEX who facilitated this event for CRTA

Gord Minor, Regional VP of Resort Operations for Wyndham Destinations in Canada, has announced to the Board of Directors his resignation as a Board Member effective immediately. Gord has served on the board of the Canadian Association since 2015. On behalf of CRTA and the current Board Directors, I would like to sincerely thank Gord for his contributions to CRTA over the last 8 years and for his commitment to ongoing support for the years to come.

Resort Trades Magazine has published an article about Gaetan Babin RRP, CRTA Chairperson, President, and CRTA CEO. The article is titled "Gaetan Babin and The Evolution of CRTA"  The article gives a great account of the history of CRTA, and Gaetan's biography and his role in shaping the association for the future.

A great article by Marge Lennon, you can check it out here: https://resorttrades.com/gaetan-babin-and-the-evolution-of-crta/

Gaetan Babin RRP.

 

Dear colleagues,

Our Conference in Quebec City this last week of August has proven to be our best yet according to most attendees. The location, the venue, the content, the entertainment and the delegates from all over America all contributed to this successful networking conference. And we cannot understate the value of GNEX who facilitated the entire venue, so a warm heartfelt thank you for Paul, Sharon, and Bridget which sadly could not make the trip due to the Hurricane in western Florida. We sure missed you.

I want to personally thank all the sponsors who help make this important industry event a success. It simply cannot happen without their generous sponsorship. And a huge thank you for all the attendees.

Look forward to meeting all of you at our next Canadian event in Canada’s capitol, Ottawa.

Kindest Regards

Gaetan Babin RRP
President & CEO
Canadian Resort and Travel Association

GNEX-CRTA 2023 Sponsors logos.

David Callaghan, VP Sales for SPI Software Named to Board of Canadian Resort & Travel Association

August 17, 2023 – The Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA) has recently announced the appointment of David Callaghan, Vice President of Sales for SPI Software, as a member of its esteemed board. With his extensive vacation ownership experience and industry knowledge, Callaghan brings valuable insights and expertise to the association's mission of promoting and enhancing the Canadian resort and travel sector.David Callaghan

As a leading provider of software solutions for the vacation ownership industry, SPI Software has established itself as a trusted partner for numerous resorts and travel organizations. Callaghan's appointment to the CRTA board further strengthens the association's commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration, and sustainable growth within the industries it serves.

Upon joining the board, David Callaghan expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute to the CRTA's objectives. "I am honored to join the board of the Canadian Resort and Travel Association," said Callaghan. "I look forward to working alongside industry leaders and leveraging my experience to support the association's initiatives in promoting the incredible offerings of Canada's vacation industry."

Gaetan Babin RRP, CRTA Chairperson, President, and CEO, warmly welcomed Callaghan to the board, recognizing his expertise and passion for the vacation ownership industry. "We are thrilled to have David Callaghan join our board. His extensive knowledge and decades of resort and exchange experience make him an invaluable addition to our team," said Babin. "We are confident David's contributions will further strengthen our association's efforts to advance the growth of our Canadian resorts."

The Canadian Resort and Travel Association is a prominent industry association dedicated to advancing the interests of the Canadian resort industries both at home and abroad. By bringing together key stakeholders, the CRTA strives to foster collaboration, advocate for industry-related policies, and promote the exceptional experiences offered by Canadian resorts and travel organizations.

TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Canadian Resort & Travel Association (“CRTA” or “Corporation”) will be held on the 30th day of August, 2023, at 8:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, at The Chateau Frontenac located in Québec, QC.

The meeting agenda shall be as follows:

  1. The meeting agenda shall be as follows:
    1. Welcome by President
    2. Roll Call. Board of Directors
    3. Confirmation and Approval of 2022 AGM minutes
    4. Business arising from Minutes
    5. Chairperson (Gaetan Babin) report and update on the last 12 months
      • Conferences

      • Memberships
      • New Business

      • Partnership and support from other Trade Associations
      • Ontario Legislative Proposal
    6. General Business & Questions
    7. Close

This agenda is subject to change. Video conference link, 2022 AGM minutes, and Proxy Form will be sent to all members in good standing.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

 

Toronto, CN – June 2023: Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA), the industry-based trade association dedicated to furthering Vacation Ownership in Canada and throughout the world, announced the installation of Christopher McGill as its latest addition to the CRTA Board of Directors. McGill is the Director of Business Development: western, midwestern, northeastern and Canadian regions for Interval International, a leading global provider of vacation services.Christopher McGill

Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA) Names New Board MemberAccording to CRTA President and CEO, Gaetan Babin RRP, “The latest addition to our Board comes from II, one of the vacation ownership industry’s top exchange and travel providers. In general, CRTA Members provide developers and consumers of vacation ownership products informed advice, sound intelligence and advocacy. Our Board represents professionals from all different sectors of our industry as do our members at large. Christopher’s role on the Board is an excellent asset as he brings years of resort and exchange experience to the table.”

The newest board member is a graduate of ARDA (American Resort Development Association) exclusive LEAPs program and a resident of Las Vegas, NV.

CRTA’s membership base consists of Resorts, Timeshares, Vacation Clubs, Developers, HOAs, Exchange Companies, Management Companies, Financial Servicing Companies, Resale Companies, Marketing Companies, Suppliers as well as other Industry Associations and Professionals who offer their services within the industry. Many CRTA constituents are resort developers and other timeshare industry executives with sizeable Canadian membership bases.

Christopher will be introduced to the CRTA membership along with the other Board Members at the 2023 GNEX-CRTA conference slated for August 29 to September 1 in Quebec City at the Hotel Frontenac. GNEX is known for creating a positive environment for the acquisition of new business. Attendees of the event will be treated to unique session formats and interactive networking events that are created especially for the GNEX Conference, and unrivaled access to top-level executives that span all areas of the hotel and resort industry.

The trade association’s Code of Ethics is based on the highest standards in the Industry to give confidence to consumers that all listed Members have agreed to abide by its code. Travelers who go to CRTA as an assurance of Destinations offering good ethical and transparent practices result in having better experiences and positive lasting memories.

Canadian Resort & Travel Association (CRTA)
CRTA (www.CanadianRTA.org) is an industry association that is dedicated to furthering the ownership-based vacation and resort development industry, both at home and abroad. The association was founded in 1980 as “The Resort Timesharing Council of Canada” in response to the public’s demand for more information about vacation ownership. Since then, CRTA has become the preeminent industry association representing all forms of Vacation Ownership in Canada. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We regularly host stimulating conferences, symposiums and committee meetings that encourage B-2-B opportunities, networking, education, and problem solving among our members. Member Services can be reached at

Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA), the industry-based trade association dedicated to furthering Vacation Ownership in Canada and throughout the world, has released its second podcast in a series called CRTA Conversations.

In this video, thought leader and CRTA President/CEO Gaetan Babin RRP interviews association board member Warren Smith of Living Waters Resort on topics germane to sold out resorts under the leadership of HOA Boards.

Related: Georgi Bohrod Gordon RRP Named New Board Member of CRTA

Gaetan Babin said, “CRTA Members provide developers and consumers of vacation ownership products informed advice, sound intelligence and advocacy. Our Board represents professionals from all different sectors of our industry as do our members at large. With this new energy we are all ready to create fresh opportunities for our members and Canadian timeshare owners.

“As Warren says in our latest video, CRTA fosters an environment of collaboration amongst its members.  HOA boards—particularly those from legacy resorts– are particularly challenged to find paths to keep timeshare viable and our organization can provide options and resources assist them.”

The first CRTA Conversation featured Paul Mattimoe, CEO/Intuition Marketing who sits on the CRTA Board and also runs the GNEX series of conferences for the Timeshare Industry.  The next GNEX-CRTA event will be held at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada August 29-31, 2003.  The GNEX-CRTA conference is known for creating a  positive environment for the acquisition of new business

CRTA’s  membership base consists of Resorts, Timeshares, Vacation Clubs, Developers, HOAs, Exchange Companies, Management Companies, Financial Servicing Companies, Resale Companies, Marketing Companies, Suppliers as well as other Industry Associations and Professionals who offer their services within the industry.

CRTA Conversations Features Board Member Paul Mattimoe Interview with President and CEO Gaetan Babin

Toronto, ON – April 2023: Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA), the industry-based trade association dedicated to furthering Vacation Ownership in Canada and throughout the world, announced the release of the first podcast in a series of interviews with CRTA Board Members.

CRTA’s membership base consists of Resorts, Timeshares, Vacation Clubs, Developers, HOAs, Exchange Companies, Management Companies, Financial Servicing Companies, Resale Companies, Marketing Companies, Suppliers as well as other Industry Associations and Professionals who offer their services within the industry.

The first podcast features Gaetan Babin, President and CEO of CRTA and Paul Mattimoe, President and CEO/Intuition Marketing and President/Perspective Group who sits on the CRTA Board and also runs the GNEX series of conferences for the Timeshare Industry. The next GNEX-CRTA event will be held at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada August 29-31, 2023.

View the interview here.

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Gaetan Babin said, “We are looking forward to meeting industry colleagues and CRTA Members at the upcoming ARDA (American Resort Development Association) conference this month. Our CRTA Board has been hard at work addressing Canadian legislative issues that will have a broad impact on Canadian timeshare resort development and vacation ownership. If you are interested in becoming part of our organization, particularly if your resort has Canadian members/owners, please reach out to me here so we can meet up in Orlando at “Timeshare Together.”

The trade association’s Code of Ethics is based on the highest standards in the Industry to give confidence to consumers that all listed Members have agreed to abide by its code. Travelers who go to CRTA as an assurance of Destinations offering good ethical and transparent practices result in having better experiences and positive lasting memories.

Canadian Resort and Travel Association (CRTA) Podcast Drops

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