Founded by President and CEO David Siegel in 1982, Westgate Resorts operates as a subsidiary of Central Florida Investments, Inc. (CFI), which employs 10,000 people and has expanded into the largest privately held corporations in the Central Florida area. With humble beginnings, Westgate Resorts started with a 16-unit resort at Westgate Vacation Villas. More than 30 years later, Westgate Resorts now encompasses more than 13,500 villas at 28 beautiful resorts in premiere travel destinations throughout the United States. From the white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast to the snow covered mountains in Utah, families can affordably experience the most sought after vacation destinations in the country through Westgate Resorts. With resorts in Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, Westgate Resorts has established itself as a world leader in the timeshare and hospitality industry.
Westgate Resorts properties are conveniently located around the country to provide a diverse range of vacation experiences. Westgate Owners can enjoy world-class theme parks in Orlando, relax on the warm, sandy beaches in Myrtle Beach, hike the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, ski the powdery, black diamond slopes of Park City, meander through trails on horseback at a dude ranch or test their luck at the casinos in Las Vegas. Westgate meets every vacation expectation, for every family, for every budget.
As one of the largest resort developers in the world, Westgate Resorts is constantly growing and improving by providing the best affordable luxury vacations available. With first-class accommodations and unparalleled customer service, Westgate Resort's family-friendly resorts range from standard guestrooms and cozy studios to spacious four-bedroom villas that all provide the essential comforts of home. Each villa is furnished, features fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes and most villas offer separate living areas with sleeper sofas, leather furnishings, jetted tubs and private balconies or patios.
In addition to offering oversized villas and convenient access to area attractions, most Westgate Resort locations feature a multitude of on-site amenities that outmatch the most expensive resorts in the country. Owners and Guests can enjoy outdoor pools, hot tubs, game rooms, daily children's activities, boat rentals, live shows and Westgate's world-class Serenity Spa. Westgate Resorts also features award-winning restaurants like Edge Steakhouse, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill and Westgate Smokehouse Grill at many of the resort locations. Westgate also has its own indoor/outdoor water park at Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa and a weekly authentic rodeo at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the newest addition to the Westgate Family of Resorts, provides guests with access to fine dining establishments, a 95,000-square-foot casino, the world's largest race and sports book, nightly entertainment shows in two theaters and the latest in-room technology. Many resorts also offer flexible meeting space and catering services - providing the ideal backdrop for family reunions, conventions and weddings.
Westgate Resorts also operates the Westgate Resorts Foundation, which was started in 2001 and gives more than $2 million annually to charities and causes in communities where employees live and work. Emphasis is placed on our employees, children, women, families, seniors, veterans and other local programs that improve the quality of life in our communities.
2014 was a banner year for the company as it is growing faster than ever. Westgate Resorts recently acquired the newly renovated Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and has updated every room, added new dining establishments and has partnered with Elvis Presley Enterprises to bring a one-of-a-kind Graceland museum to the resort. Westgate purchased the historic Cocoa Beach Pier where visitors can enjoy 800 feet of dining, shopping and fishing over the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Orlando Predators arena football team that has become a fan favorite in the Orlando area. Westgate Resorts is always growing and expanding to ensure the highest quality vacation experience for American families.