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About ITOA

ITOA is a new timeshare owners resource founded by Chris Emmins. It is currently managed by KwikChex as an interim arrangement prior to the implementation of the ITOA board and advisory panels.

Chris is a timeshare owner himself, with over a decade of experience in dealing with a very wide range of timeshare matters. In fact, that experience is probably unique and includes:

  • Assisting timeshare owners in court hearings
  • Acting as a witness in criminal cases where owners have been scammed
  • Providing lawyers to assist owners
  • Setting up resources that have resulted in over $1 million dollars in refunds and prevented thousands of owners from being scammed
  • Consulting with law enforcement and government authorities on timeshare matters
  • Successfully aiding owner groups with issues, including annual fees and resort insolvency

Chris is respected by timeshare businesses and has presented on owner safeguarding issues at timeshare developer conferences in Europe and the US. He secured funding for additional safeguarding and resolutions dispute resources, which has enabled many owners to understand all of the options that may be available to them. See the award to Chris Emmins for fraud prevention https://www.tradingstandards.uk/news-policy-campaigns/news-room/2019/business-saving-consumers-potentially-millions-from-fraud-earns-ctsi-hero-award/

The objectives of ITOA are to provide expert support and benefits for owners within a considerable global community, and to work on continuously improving the timeshare experience.

The character and structure of ITOA will include a transparency code that enables close scrutiny by members and by national law and consumer protection authorities.
ITOA membership

ITOA membership will be open to all timeshare owners worldwide. Aside from being a strong representative body, the following services and benefits will be provided.

Verified information resources
including ensuring that all options open to owners are provided.
Access to vetted legal assistance
(Laws, contracts and rules can be complex and vary all over the world and from State to State, so access to local experts with high standards is essential).
Facilitating
Facilitating with timeshare businesses with owner concerns, service issues and disputes.
A global travel service
focused on providing deals and assistance specifically for timeshare owners.
Information
Information on buying, selling, renting and exchanging timeshares.
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Insurance
Insurance services specifically to protect owners.
Networking capability
An extraordinary networking capability with other owners – and a building of a substantial knowledge base.
Alerts
Alerts on issues affecting owners, including changes in laws, fraud threats and safe travelling.
News
Regular news and online events for members.

Specific member initiatives

By surveying members, ITOA will be able to tackle the issues that concern owners most of all. One project is already being put forward.

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