Overland Park, KS – February 4, 2011– Tom Lyons, President of Global Connections, Inc. will be sharing his knowledge during the upcoming American Resort Development Association (ARDA) annual convention in Orlando, Florida as a panel speaker for the session Travel Clubs: What Are They and Why do We Care?.

Other experts from the vacation industry will be joining Lyons to discuss the structure of travel clubs, legal and regulatory issues, and the benefits and drawbacks of this often misunderstood market segment. This panel discussion will take place on March 29, 2011 during the annual ARDA Convention and Exposition being held at the Marriott Orlando World Center March 27-31, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

Melanie Gring, Vice President Marketing for Global Connections, is also scheduled to moderate and participate in a panel discussion during the ARDA convention on the differences between travel clubs, vacation clubs, undivided interests, and exit/sampler programs and their performance.

As a leader in the travel club industry, Global Connections provides Global Discovery Vacations 150,000+ club members with a host of benefits and vacationing options to resort destination areas from the Midwest to the Caribbean. Global Connections is the owner and resort developer of four resorts in California, Florida and Tennessee and also owns multiple resort condominium units in Florida, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. Partner alliances with exchange and cruise organizations, along with owned and leased properties provide on-demand locations in popular vacation destinations around the world for the Global Discovery Vacations expanding member base.

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