The Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA) annual conference, VO-Con 2017, served up a perfect blend of education, networking, inspiration and business opportunities at the event held at the Whistler Four Seasons Resort & Residences.
Featured keynote speaker, Vikram Vij, celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality shared his inspirational story at the event’s luncheon high atop the Blackcomb Mountain Summit at Christine’s Restaurant. A tireless advocate of Indian cuisine in Canada and of “eating locally”, Vikram spoke about his life, his experiences and his background to the international attendees of VO-Con.
His presence set the tone for unusually personal and professional conversations which veered from the traditional conference path. Attendees were treated to no-holds barred honesty, open discussions and unity of spirit. The uniquely egalitarian tone allowed everyone to benefit and learn from Canada’s best and brightest industry professionals, primarily those who are members of CVOA’s Board of Directors. Participants are engaged in HOA management, resort operations, exchange, and timeshare development.
Not deemed presentations per se, the HOA Toolkit Panel discussions featured industry experts offering best practices in relevant areas such as resort operations, reserve fund accounting, rentals and sales. HOA Board Members and property managers participated from the floor.
According to Jon Zwickel, CEO and President of CVOA, “We are extremely pleased that the feedback from our members and attendees was overwhelmingly positive. This year’s attendance was up 20%! Many new professional relationships and business ties were forged during our exclusive, intimate event.”
CVOA extends its thanks to these Sponsors for making VO-Con possible: Beaver Boards, Booking.com, BuyaTimeshare.com, CustomerCount™, Cyria Group, DAE, Diamond Resorts International®, Eagle Eye Networks, Fiesta Americana, GBG & Associates, Genescy, Intuition, Holiday Systems International, LaTour Hotels & Resorts, NTOA, Newton Group Transfers, Redstamp, Resort Management Services, RTX, SaveOnResorts.com and VacationCondos.com.
About the Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA)
CVOA is Canada’s only association dedicated to representing the interests of the vacation ownership 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 www.CanadianVOA.org. VO-Con information (agenda) about content, registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website, www.VOCon.ca.