PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwired - Apr 5, 2013) - RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced the launch of new and expanded content for its dynamic RCI® Affiliates app for the iPad®. The RCI Affiliates app, first launched at last year's ARDA convention as the first of its kind in the vacation exchange industry, now gives affiliates convenient access to tutorials, presentations, videos and more. The app is designed to keep staff up-to-date on the latest offerings from RCI and provide an engaging tool that can be used at the point of sale to illustrate the additional benefits of vacation ownership to prospective owners.
"As the innovation leader in the timeshare exchange industry, RCI is built on a legacy of firsts in delivering exceptional products and services to its customers," said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. "Our RCI Affiliates app for the iPad® puts the latest RCI information in one convenient, mobile and flexible format. This tool provides interactive and engaging content that can be used on the sales floor to give potential owners a better understanding of the additional benefits offered by vacation ownership, providing a competitive advantage to RCI affiliates."
The app provides affiliates with easier access to useful product summaries and tutorials, sales materials, interactive videos, RCI TV and the RCI Directory of Affiliated Resorts. Affiliates will also benefit from custom vacation calculator tools, as well as interactive RCI Weeks and RCI Points® presentations, which help sales representatives explain the advantages of vacation exchange and the unique benefits of each product.
To further demonstrate the many vacation possibilities available through RCI and capture the excitement that comes with being a timeshare owner at an RCI affiliated resort, the app also includes the RCI Vacation Tracker(SM) tool. This dynamic application, launched nearly three years ago as the first tool of its kind in the industry, tracks vacations that are being booked by RCI subscribing members on an interactive map in nearly real time. The RCI Vacation Tracker tool allows affiliates to show prospective owners the benefits of owning and exchanging timeshare, and fosters excitement about where their next trip will take them.
The app is customized to the user, offering different content based on each individual's role in the sales process. Each user can then further customize the app by creating a favorites playlist of the content they use most, making seamless sales presentations tailored to the needs of different audiences. Users can also print materials directly from the app to send home with potential owners.
"This app for affiliates, following the success of RCI Presenter, is another example of how RCI is investing in customizable technology solutions that support resort developers and the growth of the timeshare industry as a whole," added Gurnik. "We are committed to offering our affiliates an array of digital tools that help potential vacation owners truly see and interact with the product, and help give the sales teams what they need to succeed in one of the most convenient and accessible ways possible."
By downloading the app, RCI affiliates attending next week's ARDA World 2013 Annual Convention & Expo will also have 24/7 access to valuable convention information including updates on scheduled events and a virtual tour of RCI's conference booth. During the exhibition hours, RCI will be giving away several iPad® minis and iTunes® gift cards. Any affiliated resort staff member who downloads the RCI Affiliates app can enter to win. For official rules and prize description, visit the RCI booth at the ARDA Convention.
RCI's other mobile tools include its app for RCI subscribing members, an RCI Ventures® magazine app and an Endless Vacation® magazine app for the iPad®. These apps have collectively been downloaded more than 200,000 times. RCI also offers a smartphone-optimized, fully functional version of RCI.com for members looking to search and confirm directly from their handheld devices.
The RCI affiliate app for the iPad® can be downloaded for free from the iTunes® store under the name RCI Affiliates. For more information, visit www.RCIaffiliates.com.
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry's first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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