Marriott MountainSide closes its sales office |

Marriott MountainSide closes its sales office

Two employees at the Marriott MountainSide timeshare resort in Park City confirmed that Marriott Vacation Club International announced the closing of the MountainSide sales office last week.

Economic concerns were given as the reason.

Ed Kinney, vice president of corporate affairs, told The Park Record just days before the announcement that he expected declines in timeshare sales to affect Park City "minimally" and that Marriott was well-positioned to weather the economic storm.

Kinney was not available for comment on the announced closing. Even though Marriott’s corporate office is not keeping the closing a secret, the local MountainSide human resources office declined to comment on the fate of the sales staff citing company policy that refers all media inquiries to corporate headquarters. An employee said most would have the option of transferring within the company.

The two timeshare resorts operated by Marriott in Park City, Summit Watch and MountainSide, are both mostly sold out.

The closing is part of a downsizing that other timeshare companies are engaged in as well.

On Sept. 27 the Orlando Sentinel reported Westgate Resorts’ president announcing major lay-offs, but Westgate’s spokesman refused to comment to The Park Record on that event.

-Andrew Kirk

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