Resort honored for excellence in accommodations, hospitality and RCI subscribing member experience


RCI Gold Crown ResortOverland Park, KS – January 3, 2012 — Global Connections, Inc. today announced its White Oak Lodge and Resort has been awarded the prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort property designation by RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange.

A select number of RCI affiliated resorts meet RCI’s requirements for recognition and have earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort award. These resorts have attained high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality and member experience as measured by RCI.

“We are excited to receive the RCI Gold Crown Resort designation for White Oak Lodge and Resort,” commented Tom Lyons, president of Global Connections. “This designation confirms not only the high quality of the resort, its design and furnishings, but the personable service offered by the staff to our guests.”

“RCI’s Resort Recognition Program helps ensure that our RCI affiliated resorts adhere to RCI’s standards for accommodations, hospitality and member experience,” said Gordon Gurnik, president of RCI. “We are thrilled to recognize those who have attained this designation and continue to working to offer top vacation destinations to our 3.7 million members worldwide.”

About Global Connections and White Oak Lodge and Resort

As a leader in the travel club industry, Global Connections provides its 170,000 members with a host of benefits and vacationing options. Headquartered in Overland Park, KS, Global is the owner and developer of five resorts and further owns and leases multiple resort condominium units throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Located on 17 acres near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Gatlinburg, TN, White Oak Lodge and Resort is a planned mixed-use property including 60 two- and three-bedroom log cabin homes and 12 two-bedroom condominiums. The resort features a tennis court, nature trails, outdoor grills, clubhouse and swimming pool with two grottos and waterfalls. For more information visit www.exploreGCI.com and www.whiteoaklodgeandresort.com.

About RCI

RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.



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