Canadian Resort & Travel Association

Vacation Ownership Conference a Resounding Success

November 30, 2018

Vacation Ownership Conference a Resounding Success
The Canadian Vacation Ownership Association
 (CVOA) has released survey results from VO-Con 2018, the only event of its kind in Canada.  Held September 25-27 at Westin Trillium House Resort in Blue Mountain, Ontario, the unique conference has met with rave reviews. Those registered at the conference were predominantly stakeholders in the vacation ownership industry.

Jon Zwickel, President and CEO of CVOA said the organization “extends a huge thank you to VO-Con ’18 attendees and sponsors for making the event an incredible success.”

Post conference survey responses showed that:

  • 98% of attendees confirm the conference provided exceptional networking opportunities.
  • 79% of attendees found new business opportunities that collectively could be worth in excess of $7 million.
  • 86% of attendees stated that networking opportunities are the top reason they attend VO-Con.
  • 95% of attendees stated that conference exceeded their expectations.
  • 79% of attendees rated VO-Con 8+ on a scale of 1-10 rating compared to other industry conferences.

Jon Zwickel added, “Feedback from conference attendees proved that a casual format, with plenty of time for networking and professional relationship building, was enthusiastically welcomed by attendees.”

Barry Landsberg of AccorHotels said that “CVOA 2018 was a well-orchestrated event that brought industry colleagues together in a format and at a venue that lends itself to building deeper relationships within the industry. The educational sessions were relevant, networking opportunities ideal, and social opportunities enhanced the event.”

The program also resonated with professional hospitality suppliers, such as Michael Dorsey, President of Fireplace Safety Screen who shared that it was his first time at VO-Con.  “The meeting was small enough to more easily meet potential customers.  That is how I judge the benefits of attending an industry event like this.”

Rick Collins, of Mara Lakeside Resort and Wellness Community gave the event another resoundingly positive review: I found the VO-CON 2018 conference the most educational, social and enlightening as any conference I have attended in this industry. I sincerely look forward to attending the 2019 conference.”

CVOA alternates its annual conference location between west and east.  Next year’s event is scheduled for September 23-25 at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, B.C.

About CVOA

CVOA is Canada’s only association dedicated to representing the interests of the vacation ownership, timeshare and resort development industries. Since its founding 1980 (originally as CRDA), the organization has become Canada’s preeminent industry association representing all forms of vacation ownership. CVOA membership is a community of active industry leaders committed to promoting and maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct within the Canadian vacation ownership industry, creating B-2-B and networking opportunities between Members, and educating consumers as to the benefits of vacation ownership. For more information, please visit

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