Like most great companies, we started with an idea ...

In 1974, our founders Jon and Christel DeHaan pioneered the concept of holiday exchange. The couple realised that swapping holiday homes offered greater choice and added value to the timeshare ownership experience. They developed a system to allow timeshare owners to exchange a holiday at their home resort for a stay of the same duration at other resorts which had joined RCI's exchange programme. This gave timeshare owners all over the world a new level of flexibility and choice, revolutionising the holiday experience for millions of people.

Today we remain the global leaders in holiday exchange, with the world's largest network of resorts, destinations and holiday experiences to offer timeshare owners. More resorts trust us to deliver a world-class holiday exchange membership journey to their valued owners than any other holiday exchange company in the world.

At RCI, we understand that no matter how busy life gets, you cherish the time you set aside for holidays with family and friends each year. We want to help you make memories to last a lifetime - because your holiday means the world to us.

Our evolution

1970s

1970s

In 1974, RCI's first office was established in Indianapolis where we still have a presence today. Within one year, 236 exchange holidays were confirmed. 1976: Mexico office opens, followed by London in 1977.

1980s

1980s

Offices open in Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Portugal and South Africa. In 1985, we welcomed our 1,000th affiliated resort. By 1986, more than 300,000 exchanges confirmed. By 1989, member families exceeded 1 million.

1990s

1990s

We launched our Gold Crown quality recognition programme in 1991. In 1998, Christel House was established by our founder, becoming our charity of choice. In 1999, more than 2.7 million exchanges are confirmed, sending around 7.5 million people on holiday.

2000s

2000s

RCI Points launched: the first global points-based exchange programme. We launched our luxury exchange programme in 2002: The Registry Collection. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2004, with 3 million members. In 2008, we welcomed our 4,000th affiliated resort.

Today

Through our core exchange programmes, RCI Weeks and RCI Points, we offer our members access to affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries, for a single exchange fee. Our members also enjoy great deals on rental accommodation, with our partner companies, travel and holiday 'extras.' Upgrading to RCI Platinum membership offers even more lifestyle benefits at home and on holiday.

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