A quick update on the ARDA convention going on at the Venetian in Vegas...Optimism reigns despite a challenging year. ARDA chief Howard Nusbaum was almost giddy over the prospects going forward during yesterday's opening general session, saying he had never been "more bullish" on the timeshare industry. Sure, many changes have taken place during the past year, and more are in progress, but the industry does seem to be on solid footing. More than 2,500 attendees are in town for the almost week-long event. Every speaker and attendee I heard or talked to was optimistic about the industry's future. Check LHonline.com tomorrow for a more in-depth report on the conference.