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Timeshare Sales End at Golden Sands Malta

Welcome to the end of the week, today Inside Timeshare reports of the latest news coming from Malta. It has been announced in the Times of Malta that timeshare sales are ending at the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort and Spa with the loss of around 80 jobs. Azure Services Ltd which is the sales and marketing company for the resort told employees by email that “the majority” of staff will be made redundant. They will be making way for a new “elite team” which will be embarking on a “new strategy”. As yet we don’t know what this new strategy is, but this will be a blow for the staff especially at this time of year. (See link at the end for the full article)

Azure Services Ltd is part of the Limora Group owned by the Trotta family and is the Maltese sister company of Silverpoint selling the very same products. Azure Services was set up in 2003 with the sole intention of selling timeshare or as they called it “vacation ownership” at the five-star Radisson Blu Golden Sands located at Golden Bay beach at Għajn Tuffieħa.

Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort and Spa

Linked to the hotel at one point were the Manchester United football players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, they had invested in Island Hotels Group which was the company that managed the hotel. This was a major selling point for the sales staff and tended to swing sales in their favour.

In 2015, the Corinthia Group, the parent company of Corinthia Hotels a Maltese hotel company acquired a 50 per cent share of Azure Services, with the remaining 50 per cent being owned by international investors (Limora Group).

On Monday the email sent to employees explained that the company would no longer be selling timeshare or holiday clubs but the focus would be on servicing its thousands of members.

The email went on to say “inevitably, in consequence of this new strategy going forward, the majority of the sales and marketing teams will need to be made redundant to make way for an elite team of marketing and sales staff selected to promote and take forward this new strategy.”

There will also be a restructuring of other servicing departments and this could increase the numbers losing their jobs to 120.

In the Times of Malta report, a spokesman said that both sets of shareholders remained committed to the future of the resort as a “high-end luxury destination.” They also maintained that Azure and Golden Sands Resort would fully honour all timeshare commitments arising from obligations to existing members

Azure sold not just the basic timeshare but also copied the model from their sister company in Tenerife Silverpoint, this was the selling of “investment” weeks with the promise of rental income and then a resale with profit after 2 years. None of this ever materialised.

They also moved into selling membership points-based holiday club called Azure X, which Inside Timeshare has been told by readers is known as XP. These are explained by the sales staff as a virtual currency such as bitcoin and could be traded in the same manner or used to gain access to motor yachts, supercars and other hotels which include those owned by the Corinthia Group.

This product is designed as an attempt to bypass timeshare legislation as it is a membership to a club and has no property or weeks attached. But we all know that anything sold by any of the Limora Group companies will be worthless and useless, just look at all the products sold by Silverpoint over the years.

As for the new product and the “new strategy”, we will just have to wait and see what this will bring, no doubt it will not be for the benefit of the consumer!

Full article Times of Malta

https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/timeshare-sales-end-at-golden-sands-with-loss-of-80-jobs.756316

This is not the first time Azure and Golden Sands has hit the press, Malta today reported in February 2019 on the investigation by the FCA into loan agreements brokered by Azure for the purchase of timeshare with Barclays Partner Finance. These loan agreements were brokered illegally as Azure was acting without official authorisation.

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/93169/golden_sands_timeshare_loans_investigated_over_misselling_by_uk_watchdog_#.XfNzg-j7SUm

If you have purchased any product from Azure especially the XP “virtual” currency, Inside Timeshare would love to hear from you. Please use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will get back to you.

Have a great weekend.

Club Paradiso: Latest News

Inside Timeshare over the past months has been reporting on the latest developments regarding Club Paradiso and The Paramount. We reported some time ago that Alex Lawson of Alvarez and Marsal became the administrator of Club Paradiso Ltd and began proceedings to liquidate the company (club). We also reported earlier in the year that many bookings made by members had not been honoured, the reason given was that Excel Hotels and Resorts had not been paid for the bookings. Many members arrived to find The Paramount closed and had nowhere to stay unless they paid yet again.

The strange thing is that all the companies involved in this are all part of the same group of companies of which Alex Lawson is being placed as administrator to liquidate them. He is also the appointed liquidator of Limora Group the parent company of Silverpoint, Excel Resorts and a host of others.

In the latest letter to members Alex Lawson tries to explain what is going on, he begins with the excuse of a “breakdown of relationships with a number of inventory providers”, which necessitated the suspension of all new bookings from June 2019.

Alex Lawson

He then goes on to explain that the “company” had been working hard to honour “existing 2019 reservations as far as possible.” Unfortunately for the majority of members, they have had to make their own alternative arrangements.

The letter goes on to state that given the issues that face Club Paradiso they are unable to confirm any bookings for the 2020 period. His advice is to contact the destination resort to confirm if the booking is still valid and arrange “for payment” for the accommodation or to “confirm cancellation.”

The next paragraph which is in bold and underlined goes on to say:

“For the avoidance of doubt, please note that, in the case of bookings for the 2020 calendar year, whether previously confirmed or unconfirmed by Club Paradiso, Club Paradiso is not able to maintain these bookings and is not able to assist with payment or the sourcing of alternative accommodation in respect of the same. This applies to any bookings made during (or before) 2019 for the 2020 calendar year (and beyond).”

Well, that is blunt and straight to the point, members will get nothing.

Lawson then goes on to say that the property (The Paramount) “was never owned by the club,” it was only made available to members through a lease agreement, he then states that the company (Club Paradiso was not a direct party to).

Again he goes on to blame “unpaid lease payments” as the reason why The Paramount was “unable normal operations”. This resulted in The paramount having to deny access to club members.

Lawson then explains that The Paramounts former owners (whoever they are) agreed on a sale and it is now under new ownership. He also points out that Club Paradiso was not directly involved in the sale and is unable to provide any information on the sale or the future of The Paramount.

Now considering that Lawson is involved in the liquidation of many of the companies of Limora Group and the fact they are all interconnected it does seem very strange that he claims he does not know what is going on!

So to recap, Alexander Lawson as liquidator closes down Club Paradiso along with The Paramount itself claiming unpaid fees,  using this as justification to members/investors as the reason the building is closed.

The building is then sold to a real estate company in Tenerife who are now selling the apartments off as individual units (so why is the money made from this sale not given to the investors as per their contracts?). He also believes that nobody will take any legal action but will just roll over and lose everything they have paid for, somehow Inside Timeshare cannot see this happening.

It is now becoming very apparent that the whole structure of which Silverpoint is a part of is just a very large criminal enterprise. This also includes the actions of the liquidator who is taking action which does not benefit creditors or the club members themselves, His actions are guided by his employers the UBO’s (ultimate beneficial owners) the Trotta family who all reside in the USA. (See link below for the full story if the reasons behind the liquidations).

Inside Timeshare has also heard through the grapevine that the State Prosecutors Office of Tenerife has also included Alex Lawson in their criminal investigation. Further information on this when there is confirmation.

What Inside Timeshare can reveal at this point is that one law firm is already on top of this and is currently taking action on this, no prizes for guessing which law firm, Yes, Canarian Legal Alliance.

If you are a member of Club Paradiso and would like to know your legal options or further information you can either use the contact page on Inside Timeshare or you can contact Canarian Legal Alliance direct through their website: https://www.canarianlegalalliance.com/

Link to the 6 part article on the liquidations.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=exclusive+breaking+news


Start the Week

Welcome to the start of another week at Inside Timeshare, over the past few weeks we have been publishing many articles on Silverpoint, especially the move by the parent company Limora Investments Ltd (BVI) filing for liquidation. We have also published the news that The Paramount – Club Paradiso has closed their doors with many members unable to book, the website is down and no one seems to be answering the phones. We also reported on Keys Concierge having also gone into liquidation with all the staff losing their jobs, as we know the administrator dealing with the liquidation is Alex Lawson of Alvarez and Marsal working on behalf of the Trotta family.

So as you can imagine, Inside Timeshare has been inundated with emails enquiring about the legality of all the products sold by Silverpoint. The most prolific of these products and having by far the highest costs are the “Company Participation Scheme”, with purchases from 40,000€ all the way to 150,000€ plus. Just on the enquiries Inside Timeshare has received we are looking at purchases of well over one million euros, this certainly is a very big money making scheme, the question is where has it all Gone?

Courts of First Instance Maspalomas

Now for some news from the courts around Spain.

Last Friday the leading law firm in timeshare litigation Canarian Legal Alliance, announced their results for the week, with 26 victories in various courts around Spain.

At the Court of First Instance in Maspalomas Gran Canaria, there were 11 cases found against Anfi, with 2 cases at the High Court of Las Palmas being found in favour of the clients after Anfi appealed.

At the same Court of First Instance, a sentence was issued against Palm Oasis.

In the Court of First Instance of Arona, Tenerife, Silverpoint was on the receiving end of the judges, with 11 rulings against them in favour of the CLA clients.

The last was against Club la Costa in Fuengirola, where the judge again found in favour of the client.

As usual, all contracts were declared null and void with the courts ordering a total of 1,226,260.15€ A very expensive week for the timeshare industry indeed. But at the end of the day, had they sold their products in accordance with the law, then they would not be finding themselves in this position.

If you have purchased any timeshare product in Spain and would like to know if you have a valid and viable claim or would just like to know your legal position and your options, then use our contact page. We will get back to you and point you in the right direction.

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