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Company Timeline

Company Timeline


 


1978 Classic Importers & Exporters P/L incorporated by group founder, George Tawaf

1989 Management of 3 resorts (under Tawaf Resort Management – TRM)

  • Head Office operations set up on Gold Coast (3 staff)
 

1991 Classic Property Management incorporated and secured AFSL (245788)

  • Classic Property Holdings (CPH) incorporated
  • Classic Property Marketing incorporated
 

1993 Classic celebrates 15 years

1995 Karim Filo joins group

1998 Classic celebrates 20 years

1999 Ramy Filo joins group

2000 Real Estate Sales & Marketing

  • Anthony Carey joins group
  • Head Office operations move to larger premises 0 200m2 (7 staff)


2001 Management of 4 resorts

2002 Management of 6 resorts

  • TRM & CPM consolidated under Classic Holidays
  • Carole Smith joins group
  • Caroline Scott joins group
  • Head Office operations move to larger premises - 350m2
  • Classic Holidays moves into state-of-the-art office at Airport Central, Coolangatta (15 staff)


2003 Classic celebrates 25 years 

  • Management of 8 resorts
  • Inaugural George Tawaf Award of Excellence (GT Award)


2004 Management of 9 resorts

  • Classic Clubs Limited (RE) registered and granted AFSL (246232) authorising sales of timeshare interests in Classic Holiday Club
  • Classic Holiday Club Trust timeshare scheme registered (ARSN 111 354 440)


2005 Management of 9 resorts and 1 club

  • Classic Holiday Club launched
  • Dial an Exchange joins group (4 offices)
  • Joint Venture with One Step Further (RTO)
  • Consumer Finance Division incorporated
  • Mark Stephenson, Francis Taylor and Jo-Anne Smith join group
  • George Tawaf posthumously inducted into ATHOC Hall of Fame


2006 Management of 12 resorts and 1 club

  • Trial of innovative ‘Classic Escapes’ membership program


2007 Head Office operations move to larger premises (900 m2) – Miami (55 staff)

2008 Classic celebrates 30 years

  • Mike Dunne joins group
  • First independent Sales office (Dynamics, Surfers Paradise)
  • Launch of ‘Classic Escapes’ membership program


2009 Management of 13 resorts and 3 clubs

  • Travel Licence
  • Acquired IVC Timeshare Scheme (ICL AFSL 246445)
  • Classic Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba, Qld) independent sales office opens
  • Principal Invest (Broadbeach, Qld) independent sales office opens
  • Classic Escapes NZ (Auckland, NZ) independent sales office opens
  • Classic Escapes QLD (Kedron, North Brisbane) independent sales office opens
  • IYC Travel Pty Ltd 
  • Andre Tawaf – son of founder George Tawaf, joins the group


2010 DAE 8 offices globally

  • Carole Smith inducted into ATHOC Hall of Fame
  • Classic South Sydney (Miranda, NSW) independent sales office opens
  • Perl Dynamics (Doncaster, Victoria) independent sales office opens
  • Classic South Brisbane (Eight Mile Plains, QLD) independent sales office opens
  • Classic Escapes WA (Perth, WA) independent sales office opens


2011 Classic Investments launched

  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Project Team (Australia) and Best Place to Work
  • Francis Taylor recognised as Best Industry Leader at Perspective Magazine Awards
  • Jo-Anne Smith inducted into ATHOC Hall of Fame


2012 Management of 14 resorts and 3 clubs

  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Management Company
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Project Team (USA)
  • Francis Taylor inducted into ATHOC Hall of Fame
  • Classic Escapes Teams win ATHOC Sales Team of the Year Award
  • Head Office operations move to larger, purpose-built premises - 2000m2 (120 Staff at head office)
  • Classic Escapes Townsville (Townsville, Qld) independent sales office opens


2013 Classic celebrates 35 years

  • Classic expands into strata management
  • Classic Strata Pty Ltd incorporated
  • Management of 15 resorts and 3 clubs
  • DAE 12 offices globally
  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Management Company (2nd year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Customer Service (3rd year)
  • 170 staff at head office
  • Classic Melbourne (Lynbrook, Vic) independent sales office opens
  • Classic Property Holdings becomes Beneficium (Int) Pty Ltd


2014 Nimbilus & PMO

  • Management of 28 resorts and 3 clubs
  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Management Company (3rd year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Customer Service (4th year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Overall Company under 250 employees
  • Classic Acquires Monad Pacific Management (‘MPM’) New Zealand
  • 180 staff at head office
  • Classic acquires @Work International


2015 Management of 30 resorts and 3 clubs

  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Management Company (4th year)
  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Overall Company over 250 employees
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Customer Service (5th year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Consumer Product
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Overall Company under 250 employees (2nd year)
  • Surfers Royale timeshare scheme wound-up & resort sold
  • Classic In-House Sales teams – located at Coolangatta, Coffs Harbour, Varsity Lakes, and Capri Waters 


2016 Management of 30 resorts and 3 clubs

  • Purchased Management Rights to Fairway Lodge, NZ 
  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Management Company (5th year)
  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Innovation (for CHARM)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Customer Service (6th year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Marketing Campaign
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Overall Company under 250 employees (2nd year)
  • DAE opens new service centre in Portugal
  • Classic Property Management becomes Timeshare Brokers Pty Ltd


2017 Management of 30 resorts and 3 clubs

  • DAE celebrates 20 year anniversary (birthdae) July 1997 to July 2017
  • Classic wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Management Company (6th year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Customer Service (7th year)
  • DAE wins Perspective Magazine’s Best Overall Company under 250 employees (3rd year)
  • ATWI and DAE sold to RCI Pacific Pty Ltd (October 2017)


2018 Management of 31 resorts and 3 clubs

  • Silver Sands (Western Australia)
  • Tiki Village Resort sold and Timeshare Scheme wound up – effective December 2018

 

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