EVOLVING CONTENT - DEVELOPING BENEFITS - CREATING PARTNERSHIPS - FOR OUR COLLECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS
The fascinating history of UKRE - Thank you Ann for sharing your time with Timeshare Weekly. Let me see if I have done my homework. I understand that UKRE has been established since 1991 and that makes UKRE the third oldest exchange company in the world. In that time UKRE have provided thousands of holidays to its members in the UK and abroad.
A question I have to ask is what what made you decide to specialise in UK holidays more than 27 years ago? This was bucking the trend back then as people were buying the dream holiday abroad?
Ann – I love the UK that has so much to offer within its seasons that is within easy reach with just a tank of petrol. This has been never more the case than today’s current events people prefer staying in the UK and of course it’s more economical for UK families. UKRE prides itself on being flexible as well as maintaining low costs which are long serving members appreciate.
Ann – The UK holiday industry is on the increase with tourism and our own domestic market. We are here to help cater for that demand by offering additional holiday experiences by offering more options to holiday in the Lodge, Caravan parks and canal boat holidays. We are always looking at how we can add more value and choice to our members so we will be introducing new membership benefits - so watch this space.
Timeshare Weekly - What would you say was the strengths of UKRE?
First and fore most I decided that I was in this for the long haul. It was not just a business to me as I consider my members my friends. I have over 27 years of experience working with UK resorts ensuring that UKRE members have a personalized service
Ann - We focused on four key areas that would be of real benefit to our members to help ensure that we maintained a loyal client base by catering to their holiday requirements. I am proud to say that some of our clients have been with us for twenty years. In fact, David Rendle was my first ever UKRE client in 1991 and he's still active today enjoying his holidays with us.
Timeshare Weekly - Can you tell us about your free membership at UKRE?
Ann - New members registering with UKRE have the choice of taking a two-year free membership with exchange fees currently at £78. New members must deposit a week to take advantage of free membership. After two years you can opt for a five-year membership at £150 as a SELECT member. SELECT membership comes with extra benefits!
SELECT membership is an exclusive membership for timeshare owners. We are proud to say it allows UK member's access to what is possibly the lowest exchange fees worldwide!
There is a good argument to take advantage of the SELECT Membership. The fee is £150 for SELECT membership that covers 5-years membership at a fixed exchange fee of £50 per exchange week for the duration of your membership. SELECT membership has a tremendous knock on effect in savings if you should ever need to access a larger apartment or a prime time of the year and additional holiday weeks during the year for you or those you care for.
Timeshare Weekly – So please tell us how does the exchange system work with UKRE?
Ann - UKRE Members can place requests either by telephone or email through their own members account. We advise that, to get successful exchanges, we ask members to be a flexible as possible and give a selection of dates and areas. Those who ask for one particular resort and give only one date severely limits their options.
It must be noted that the majority of weeks being deposited by members are never seen on the website as they are allocated to those members who have placed a request and deposited their week with UKRE. The weeks shown on the Website are weeks that have not been requested by UKRE members. On occasions because of this not very much availability will be shown.
This is why we always strongly recommend that members request rather than demand on what's shown on the website as this does not give a true reflection of the weeks passing through the system.
By requesting early UKRE can get down to work with their Trading Partners throughout the world and many exchanges are achieved this way.
We are known for providing UK holiday accommodation but Members have enjoyed holidays in destinations such as the USA where a firm favorite is Orlando, New Zealand, Spain, Canaries, Mexico, South Africa, to name but a few. This is ideal for members to access who have retained their weeks in the bank saving them for a longer international holiday.
On behalf of Timeshare Weekly we would like to thank you for your time, Ann, and we wish you every success with UKRE.
Ann - This is a great Industry and every day is a fun day. Thank you it's been a pleasure.