WELK RESORTS SIRENA DEL MAR, CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO RANKED #7 IN THE WORLD BY EXPEDIA®

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – July 16, 2013 – Welk Resorts, a well-established leader in the vacation ownership industry, today announced that Welk Resort Sirena Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was ranked #7 in the world by Expedia.com on their Expedia Insiders’ Select™ 2013 list.

The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels available in the Expedia global marketplace, as judged by more than 1 million annual guest reviews and in-house experts from among the more than 150,000 properties available on Expedia-branded sites worldwide.

“As General Manager of Sirena Del Mar, I couldn’t be more proud of our associates, they are the real heart and soul of the resort.” Comments Alejandro Neri. ”This award reflects their commitment to customer service and is a reflection on how much they care about our guests, making sure that each guest receives personal attention and feels at home in our beautiful country.”

Hotels that make the exclusive Insiders’ Select list have been rated on a number of factors, the most important of which is the scores from more than one million verified Expedia customer reviews received during 2012. Just 650 hotels are exclusively selected from a pool of more than 205,000 properties available on Expedia-branded sites worldwide. This global ranking celebrates hotels all around the world, representing various accommodation types and star ratings. More than 650 hotels in the 2013 rankings are found in more than 450 cities in more than 70 countries, making this a truly global recognition program. Hotels that make the list benefit from the distinction as one of the best hotels available to the millions of consumers who visit Expedia sites every month to shop for and book travel.

“The Welk family is absolutely ecstatic and deeply proud of our Cabo team for delivering exceptional guest service!” said Jon Fredricks, president of Welk Resort Group. “We are also grateful that our guests were able to utilize Expedia and recognize the resort operations team for the quality of their work and the world class construction and design of our resort.”

About Welk Resorts
Founded in 1955 by the late entertainment icon Lawrence Welk, Welk Resorts is one of the most respected independent brands in the vacation ownership industry today. Welk remains a privately held, family-owned company led by President Jon Fredricks, who is the grandson of the late Lawrence Welk.

Fredricks has established the Welk Resort group of properties as top vacation destinations. With more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, real estate and finance, he has helped the company realize unprecedented growth by fostering profitable expansion projects and internal corporate growth. The company has developed and/or operated more than 1,100 luxury vacation units, villas and hotel rooms in San Diego; Maui, Hawaii; the Palm Desert area; Branson, Missouri; and Cabo San Lucas. The corporate offices are located in San Marcos, California.

The mission of the company “Our family creates vacation memories to cherish for a lifetime” is reflective of the strong company values, which promote both tradition and family. This mission and commitment to guest and owner service and resort quality has led Welk Resorts to be among the highest rated resorts internationally by owners and guests. Trip Advisor ranked Welk Resorts Sirena Del Mar a Top 25 Resort in Mexico in 2013.

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