Posted on June 03, 2020
As the calendar turns to June, there is good news for the timeshare industry as more destinations are opening up from the COVID-19 shutdown and more timeshare resorts are either open or are scheduled to open in the next couple of weeks.
Major timeshare destinations Orlando and Las Vegas are opening back up, with central Florida theme parks LEGOLAND now open and Universal Studios due to open this week. SeaWorld is due to reopen next week, while the Disney parks have been approved by state and local officials for a July 11 opening. Meanwhile, the Governor of Nevada has authorized Las Vegas resorts and several casino hotels to begin opening tomorrow.
Branson continues its slow reopening process, with several shops, restaurants and resorts open and its iconic Silver Dollar City amusement park due for a reopening on June 15.
Overseas destinations are also coming back, with Cancun looking toward a June 10 reopening and the Bahamas plans on a July 1 mark as the U.S. Virgin Islands began their recovery process last week.
For those of you tired of having cocktails at home, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that bars can reopen as the state moves into Phase 2 of its recovery plan. This should give even more momentum to the Florida timeshare industry as resorts begin to kick-start many of their onsite amenities and facilities that are closed, even while the resorts are open.
More timeshare resort brands continue to move forward with reopening dates. The latest dates are below based on information available from corporate offices.
Bluegreen Vacations – all Bluegreen club timeshare resorts are now open, with the exception of The Suites at Hershey (due to open tomorrow), Hotel Blake (renovations), Mountain Run at Boyne (June 11), The Club at Big Bear Village (June 14), The Innsbruck Aspen (June 15), and The Soundings Seaside Resort (August 1). Still no official word on South Mountain Resort. Most club associate resorts are open with only five still closed; most of those to be open by the end of June. Details are at https://www.bluegreenowner.com/featured/travel-advisory-resort-status.
Capital Vacations – Great news for Capital Vacations owners as only Coral Sands (Grand Cayman) and Sea Palace (St Maarten) are listed as being closed, so all U.S.-based resorts are now open. More information is available on Capital’s COVID-19 preparedness page at https://www.capitalvacations.com/covid.php.
Club Wyndham - All South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma resorts are now open. Most resorts in Florida, Missouri, Nevada, and Tennessee are open as well, with more scheduled to open next week. Visit https://clubwyndham.wyndhamdestinations.com/us/en/covid-19-information/list-of-impacted-resorts for more information.
Diamond Resorts – Polo Towers in Las Vegas is due to reopen tomorrow. Several resorts in California, Florida, Hawaii and Mexico remain closed, but resorts not listed at https://www.diamondresorts.com/covid-19-update are presumed open.
Disney Vacation Club – DVC resorts in Hilton Head and Vero Beach are still on track for a June 15 reopening, with all Disney timeshare resorts at Walt Disney World working toward a June 22 opening date. State and local officials in Florida have approved the opening of the Disney theme parks beginning July 11. Still no word on Aulani or Grand Californian. Please visit https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/ for more details.
Hilton Grand Vacations – Las Vegas resorts Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo and Hilton Grand Vacations Club on Paradise are due to open tomorrow. All Hilton timeshare resorts in South Carolina and all but one in Florida are open, with Hilton Grand Vacations at McAlpin – Ocean Plaza scheduled to open on June 11. Still no word on the reopening of Hawaii and most New York City resorts. For more info go to https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/travel-alert.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations – In the next phase of reopening its resorts, Texas resorts Galveston Beach Resort, Galveston Seaside Resort and Hill Country Resort are scheduled to open tomorrow. Twelve more resorts are scheduled to open next week. Check https://holidayinnclub.com/safe-travels/resort-updates for more details.
Marriott Vacation Club – All U.S.-based Marriott timeshare resorts are open, with the exception of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at The Mayflower (June 15) Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston (June 8), Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club, New York and most California resorts. Get more details at https://hub.vacationclub.com/resort-updates/.
Vistana Signature Experiences – All Sheraton timeshare resorts are now open. All Mexico-based Westin timeshare resorts are delayed until June 15. Westin Desert Willow Villas and Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas are delayed until June 16. The remainder of Westin timeshares are open, keeping in mind the 14-day quarantine restriction for arrivals into Hawaii.
Westgate Resorts – Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, Westgate Branson Lakes, and Westgate Branson Woods are due to open on Friday. More details for individual resort openings can be seen at https://www.westgateresorts.com/coronavirus-travel-advisory/.
WorldMark –WorldMark timeshare resorts in Fort Lauderdale are delayed until July 31. All South Carolina resorts are open. Select resorts in Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas are open. Resorts in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wisconsin are due to open next week. More details are at https://www.worldmarktheclub.com/news/covid19_impacted_resorts.shtml.