But if Starwood were to join forces with another TS company given all the loses everyone is taking and the terrible economy with no end in sight, who would you want them to partner up with and why??
As with most things with SVO, what we owners would like from SVO will probably differ substantially from what we would actually get.
SVO upper management still acts and thinks of itself as no name/no frills “Vistana, Inc.” that died and went to timeshare developer heaven when Starwood started allowing Vistana to market timeshares by hiding under Starwood's good name and reputation
If push came to shove and SVO upper management was forced to consolidate with another timeshare company, I’m guessing that SVO top management would try to return to its roots by:
1) Seeking to join forces with an organization managed by folks with similar backgrounds and goals as their own. Namely, I’m guessing that they would prefer to hang out at lunch and on the golf course with a bunch of sleazy, polyester leisure suit with white-shoe wearing (but only under their Starwood clothes), real estate developer-types like themselves that can throw up buildings faster than they can remove elite benefits, but have absolutely no desire or even basic people skills or knowledge to establish, operate or maintain a service-based business that calls for any sort of owner satisfaction, hospitality or loyalty; (It's like asking a bunch of truckers to effectively operate a day spa); and,
2) Of course, seeking an alliance that would ensure their own continued employment at their current top salaries and lack of supervision or accountability levels.
To accomplish both of these goals, SVO management would likely have to “marry beneath it.”
Hmmm. What troubled timeshare organizations would fit this bill?
Just follow the bouncing orange
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If something like this were to happen, the first step would be for the merged organizations to share a common reservation system.
The plot thickens.