Family-Owned Welk Resorts Announces Pending Acquisition by Marriott Vacations Around the globe (MVW)

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Welk Hospitality Group has entered into an settlement with Marriott

SAN MARCOS, Calif., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Welk Hospitality Group has entered into an settlement with Marriott Vacations Throughout the world Company (“MVW”) (NYSE: VAC) to sell the Welk Resorts portfolio of holiday vacation resorts, programs and property administration contracts for somewhere around $430 million, including close to 1.4 million MVW widespread shares. The acquisition is anticipated to shut early in the 2nd quarter of 2021.   

Just after the transaction closes, MVW intends to rebrand the Welk-branded trip resorts in California, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico as Hyatt Home Club properties. This will deliver the Hyatt Residence Club portfolio to 24 upper upscale resorts and complement its present locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Puerto Rico and Texas. The process to combine and rebrand the Welk Resorts properties and goods will be a complex, for a longer time-time period initiative and subject to last approval from Hyatt Motels Corporation.

“It is bittersweet following 57 superb yrs of memories and accomplishments to be welcoming a new owner for Welk Resorts. We are confident in MVW and its shared motivation to excellence. Our board and family members recognized that its vision, resources and globally-regarded brand ensure the best long-term future for our valued team associates and Entrepreneurs,” stated Welk Resorts President and CEO Jon Fredricks, grandson of the late Lawrence Welk, the beloved television bandleader who began the Welk hospitality business.  

“We appreciate that Welk Resorts’ leadership has entrusted MVW to make on the sound basis laid by generations of the Welk family members and the company’s crew customers,” said MVW CEO Stephen Weisz. “We have been in the holiday ownership marketplace for decades and have deep respect for the strength of the Welk identify, operation and legacy.”  &#13

Welk Resorts obtained its get started in 1964 when tv bandleader Lawrence Welk bought a motel and 9-gap golf course close to San Diego as a location the place he and his wife Fern could trip with their children and grandkids. Since 1999, the company has been led by Welk’s grandson, President and CEO Jon Fredricks. In addition to Fredricks, Lawrence Welk’s son, Larry Welk, is chairman of Welk Resorts’ board and his great-grandson, Robert Segall, also is effective as a product sales and marketing director for the small business. Larry Welk introduced Welk Resorts’ trip ownership organization in 1985 with Lawrence Welk Vacation resort Villas in Escondido, Calif., and, nowadays, he is also CEO and chairman of a sister Welk company in the true estate and entertainment small business, which is not a portion of this acquisition.  Also not involved in this transaction is The Lawrence Welk Relatives Foundation, which money non-revenue businesses serving people in need to have and is managed by its President, and Welk granddaughter, Lisa Parker. Welk Hospitality Group is majority-owned by members of the Welk family with a 12 percent share owned by its employees through an staff stock ownership strategy.  

The primary San Diego resort location has expanded above the yrs. It at present sits on 450 acres with two 18-gap golf programs, seven swimming swimming pools, state of the art conditioning centre, 5 recreation centers, two waterslides, two escape rooms, a spa, theater, places to eat and more. There are 7 more Welk Resorts in the western U.S. and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Over the yrs, the company has also grow to be recognised for its award-winning activity programming called Inspired For You with underwater digital actuality, escape rooms, electronic printers and other revolutionary experiences.  

Welk Resorts opened The Ranahan in Breckenridge, Colo. in early 2020 and announced management contracts with several resorts in late 2019 and early 2020 including El Corazon de Santa Fe by Welk Resorts in Santa Fe, New Mexico as well as the Eagle Point Vacation Neighborhood in Vail, Colo. Several a long time back, the firm also introduced its Experiences Selection by Welk Resorts, which includes an additional 16 vacation resorts available to Welk Resorts’ Platinum House owners, such as the 4 Seasons and Disney Holiday vacation Club in desirable areas from Florida to Hawaii. 

Welk Resorts’ workforce have a potent link to their communities, and the business has been acknowledged for its philanthropic aid together with its employee volunteers who helped families with items and seasonal décor each holiday time at North County Options for Modify.  

Welk is represented in this transaction by its M&A economical advisor BofA Securities, legal workforce from Hogan Lovells and accounting crew from Baker Tilly.&#13

About Welk Resorts 

Welk Resorts got its get started in 1964 when beloved television bandleader Lawrence Welk bought a motel and nine-hole golfing system north of San Diego. Married for 61 many years, Welk and his wife Fern knew that just one of the very best methods to keep healthier and build family members bonds was by means of the shared encounter of holidays. Currently, Welk Resorts proceeds to be majority family-owned and has grown to eight quality holiday vacation resorts in California, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In addition, Welk Resorts’ Owners have entry to the RCI Trade Portfolio of in excess of 4,300 resorts in 110 international locations, and its Platinum Points Entrepreneurs have entry to its Experiences Assortment by Welk Resorts, a portfolio of 16 added U.S.-centered luxury vacation resorts. Welk Resorts is led by Welk’s grandson, President and CEO Jon Fredricks, who honors his grandfather’s legacy just about every day by creating and running good quality trip resorts that retain men and women related to those people they care most about by shared encounters and recollections. For much more, visit www.welkresorts.com.  

 

A Mountain Villas unit at Welk Resorts San Diego.

The late Lawrence Welk (standing) with son and current Welk Resorts’ board Chair Larry Welk (seated).

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