"Timeshares by Owner" Warning

Attention Festiva Hospitality Group owners and members;

A member has brought to our attention that someone claiming to be a Stormy Point Village employee representing Festiva and Stormy Point has contacted them offering to rent or sell their timeshare. The phone number the representative gave to the Festiva member was 888-376-0716, which goes to Timeshares by Owner.

Please be aware that this company is not affiliated with Festiva Hospitality Group in any way. Timeshares by Owner is currently being sued by the Florida Attorney General's office in July 2010.

The following information is from a press release dated July 20, 2010, from the Florida AG's office:

The lawsuit naming Timeshares Direct, Inc., which does business as Timeshares By Owner, alleges that the company is in violation of a 2001 settlement with the Attorney General's Office. According to that settlement, the company was prohibited from using misleading sales tactics, such as claiming to have a buyer waiting to purchase the consumer's timeshare, to induce consumers into advertising their timeshares with the company. Since 2007, the Attorney General's Office has received more than 180 consumer complaints alleging that Timeshares By Owner is not honoring conditions of the settlement. The lawsuit, which names two of the company's owners, Jana Kilmek and Jeffrey Frantz, was filed today in Orange County Circuit Court.

Again, please be advised that this company or anyone involved with this company's name or website is not affiliated with, associated with, or endorsed by Festiva Hospitality Group in any way. Further, Festiva Hospitality Group does not use any third party resale company to contact our members, and we are not involved with the resale of any deeded weeks or club memberships.

If you have been contacted by this company in any way, please report the contact to memberservices@festiva.travel and include any e-mails or correspondence that you have received from this entity. We recommend visiting the American Resort Development Association's Consumer Information page for the most up to date consumer advisories and resale information.