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February 21, 2012 09:37 ET

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Announces Winner of $28,000 Grand Prize Travel Package

Montana Resident's Story of Reuniting With Family Fetches the Most Votes in the Ultimate Family Reunion Contest That Awarded a Total of 101 Vacations

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2012) - Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world's largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is pleased to announce that, following a competitive voting period, Krissy Jones of Stevensville, Montana won the Ultimate Family Reunion Contest's grand prize travel package worth up to $28,000 USD for her photo-essay entry, "Wild Leonard Family in Texas."

With this package, Jones and up to 10 family members will receive their choice of accommodation at any one of the available Wyndham Vacation Rentals' 94,000 properties worldwide, as well as round-trip airfare, their choice of one activity and a $2,500 USD cash card.

Jones' essay became one of 20 finalists in October after being chosen from thousands of entries received from around the globe. It went on to take first place in December after fetching the most votes during the public voting portion of the contest.

"Wild Leonard Family in Texas" is a personal story that recalls the excitement and fun Jones felt after meeting her biological family for the first time. She writes, "... I can't believe I lived for most of my life without them in it!" Read her full story:

It wasn't until I was 23 (I'm 29 now) that I met my biological family. They are the most amazing, fun people and I can't believe I've lived most of my life without them in it! We got to be together two years ago for Thanksgiving, which was non-stop laughs. Now that we're all adults, we live in all four corners of the country and rarely get to get everyone together at the same time. A vacation together is exactly what we all need to reconnect and enjoy what it means to be family.

In addition to the grand prize, Wyndham Vacation Rentals is giving away an additional 100 vacations in the form of Resort Vacation Certificates (RVCs) to the 19 remaining finalists and 81 individuals, selected at random, who participated in the voting phase of the competition. RVCs are valued at approximately $499 USD for a seven-night stay.

"Congratulations to all 101 winners of the Ultimate Family Reunion contest who have expressed through their words or with their votes that family is a central part of all of our lives," said Bob Milne, president, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, North America. "We hope these trips will bring our winners long and lasting memories and that Krissy and her family have an incredible family reunion vacation together."

Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers vacation experiences within the professionally-managed vacation rentals segment, which range from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses.

"Vacation rentals are a great choice for large family functions, like reunion vacations, because they provide ample space allowing everyone to spend time together," added Milne. "They are also extremely popular with small families with children, as well as those who are looking for a more intimate vacation experience, because they offer the conveniences of home such as a washer/dryer, full kitchens and comfortable private bedrooms."

Click here to view the official rules (Ultimate Family Reunion Contest/Competition is sponsored by Resort Rental, LLC, a Wyndham Vacation Rentals business). For more information, or to book with Wyndham Vacation Rentals, visit www.wyndhamrentals.com.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 95,000 vacation rental properties in over 500 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays, Hoseasons, James Villa Holidays, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol®, ResortQuest® and The Resort Company®, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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