1976 | THE EVOLUTION BEGINS
Three employees, one resort, and shoeboxes of index cards form the first incarnation of Interval International.
1978 | IT’S CATCHING ON …
Consumer membership triples to 30,000, with 130 member resorts.
1980 | AND ON …
An IBM computer system and toll-free telephone lines are installed at Interval. Consumer membership increases to 80,000, with 250 resorts.
1981 | TRAVEL AGENCY OPENS
To serve the extensive travel needs of the growing member base, Interval World Travel — known today as Interval Travel® — is established.
1982 | QUALITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
The Interval International Five Star Award®, the industry’s first quality-recognition program, is created.
1984 | THE BIG 5-0-0
Member resort number 500 is affiliated, and Inc. magazine selects Interval as one of the 500 fastest-growing companies in the United States.
1985 | QUALITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME, PART II
Membership increases to 225,000. Interval and Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration develop a Quality Rating System for exclusive use by Interval International. A refined version of this system is still used today to measure and maintain the excellence of Interval’s resort network.
1987 | RAISING THE BAR
Interval International introduces WorldCard Preferred, the predecessor of today’s Interval Gold®, and becomes the first exchange company to offer an enhanced membership program.
1988 | DUAL EXCHANGE DEBUTS
Dual Exchange, with the Deposit First and Request First methods of vacation exchange, is successfully implemented, giving members more options and flexibility.
1989 | WORLDWIDE EXPANSION
Interval begins an ongoing major expansion that will continue for years to come, opening offices throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, to best serve consumer members and resort clients.
1991 | AND A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Interval launches Worldex Travel Club (now Leisure Time Passport®), the industry’s first product for non-buyers.
1995 | ALIGNING WITH THE BEST
By this time, several renowned hospitality brands, as well as the leading independent developers, have signed on with Interval International, and the company becomes the first major vacation exchange service to establish a presence on the Internet.
1996 | 20 YEARS!
Interval International celebrates its 20th anniversary and creates the first Resort Directory on CD-ROM. Membership approaches 700,000.
1998 | INVESTMENT CONFERENCES DEBUT
Interval spearheads an investment conference, the first of what will become an annual event, today known as the Shared Ownership Investment Conference.
1999 | OVER 1 MILLION SERVED
Interval welcomes its millionth member. Interval Preferred members can take to the seas with the exciting new cruise exchange service, and all members can now book Getaways online.
2000 | A NEW MILLENNIUM
While some Y2K theorists predict that a computer programming flaw will cause the world to go “dark” at the dawn of the next millennium, Interval International introduces real-time online services for booking air travel, hotel reservations, and car rentals.
2001 | SILVER ANNIVERSARY
Interval International celebrates 25 years of exemplary service; and depositing a week, requesting an exchange, and checking on the status of an exchange become as simple as the click of a mouse when Interval debuts online exchange.
2002 | NEW OWNERSHIP, NEW BENEFITS
Interval is purchased by USA Interactive (now IAC), the world’s leading interactive commerce company. Interval Preferred relaunches as Interval Gold, which introduces Interval Options® — an expansion of cruise exchange that includes golf and spa vacations — and the Gold ConciergeSM (now VIP ConciergeSM) personal assistance service.
2003 | THE GROWTH CONTINUES
Interval’s consumer membership exceeds 1.5 million families, and its global network includes more than 2,000 affiliated resorts.
2006 | INTERVAL REACHES 30!
Nearly 1.8 million families around the globe now enjoy Interval membership.
2007 | THE BEST IS ALWAYS PREFERRED
With the Preferred Hotel Group, Interval creates Preferred Residences®, a branded exchange program for fractional, private residence club, and condo-hotel properties.
2008 | GOING PUBLIC
As part of Interval Leisure Group, Interval becomes a public company, and begins trading as IILG on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Shared Ownership Investment Conference marks its 10th anniversary. Interval introduces Dream Vacation Week certificate program to help generate resort tours.
2009 | BRIGHT IDEAS
Interval introduces a short-term vacation program, as well as ShortStay ExchangeSM.
2010 | APPS, BLOGS, GOLD, AND MORE
Interval rolls out: smartphone and iPad apps for searches of the Interval International Resort Directory ; online Interval Community; and Club Interval GoldSM, points-based exchange for owners of fixed- or floating-week timeshares.
2011 | INTERVAL TURNS 35!
Interval International celebrates 35 years of service. Interval PlatinumSM, an enhanced membership level for discerning travelers, is introduced. Interval’s network includes about 2,600 resorts in more than 75 countries. Through offices in 14 nations, Interval offers high-quality products and benefits to resort clients and approximately 2 million families who are enrolled in various membership programs.