In this modern day of ever growing internet commerce, one area that has had a huge impact from the internet is travel. The abundance of travel related sites makes it THE way to shop for vacations from airfare to resorts and anything in between. Booking travel and vacations on the internet has all but decimated the travel agent niche. There are very few who still require the services of a travel agent.
Travel agents are all but extinct thanks to the internet. So how does the internet affect the demand for timeshares? It is easy to imagine that many people find the shopper friendly environment for travel and vacations on the internet a much better option. You can shop around for the cheapest rates, various amenities and whatever you heart desires without the pressure of a salesman. Many web sites today even offer reviews from real customers who can vouch for a property. That’s a more reliable opinion than one from a person who just wants to unload their timeshare. Will the internet kill the timeshare industry? Only time will tell.
When you consider that everyday newer technologies become a bigger part of people’s lives every day it is no surprise. Many people can search for, research and even book a travel reservation from their smart phones. This should be a big concern for the timeshare industry when you realize the hoops people who are looking to exchange a timeshare must go through. It is a simple fact that people will choose the easier faster way to do just about anything. The timeshare industry is going to have to take a hard look at the way they deal with consumers if they want to keep attracting new buyers into their market. Many people are already aware of the “free” weekend ploy. Most people do not want to waste a whole day of their vacation being harassed about buying a timeshare. May do not even want to be approached about them period. If the timeshare industry wants to survive they will need to find an even easier, faster way to get consumers to their properties than internet hotel bookings do.
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