Monthly Archives: March 2009

?How Suite It Is” ? The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa Offers Guaranteed Complimentary Suite Upgrades


Guests Can Stay in a Suite at Guestroom Prices, Saving at Least 50% Off Post-Opening Rates

ROSE HALL, JAMAICA (March 25, 2009) ? In celebration of its opening in Fall 2009, The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa, located in the exclusive enclave of Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica is offering guests complimentary suite upgrades with its introductory promotion ?How Suite it is?Reserve a Room, Stay in a Suite”.

Guests who book now through August 31, 2009 are GUARANTEED a two-level upgrade at the standard guestroom rate. Guests who book a standard guestroom will be automatically upgraded to a one-bedroom suite, and guests who book a one-bedroom suite will be upgraded to a two-bedroom. Rates start from $239.

This offer is valid for stays beginning September 1, 2009 ? December 19, 2009, is subject to availability and may not be used in conjunction with any other offers. The promotion is not valid for previously booked rooms or for upgrades to the Executive Penthouses or Villas. This offer is not valid during selected holidays or blackout dates.

About The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa, Rose Hall, Jamaica
Designed to appeal to discerning, well-traveled guests, the Sol?s brand was developed by Horst Schulze and his team of hospitality experts to satisfy the needs of today?s sophisticated travelers. Combining a new sense of luxury with anticipatory, superior customer service, The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa, will be the brand’s premier Caribbean resort property. Set on 16 oceanfront acres on the grounds of a former Jamaican plantation within the elite enclave of historic Rose Hall, the resort offers 299 beautifully appointed guestrooms plus one-, two- three- and four-bedroom suites, penthouses and private villas that feature between 645 to 2,600 square feet of living space with large private terraces. The casually elegant resort boasts Jamaica?s first branded, 30,000 square-foot ESPA spa, an ocean-view fitness center, nearby championship golf at three of the Caribbean?s most prestigious courses including White Witch, Cinnamon Hill and Half Moon, as well as four dining venues offering authentic, internationally inspired dishes with organic options, a gourmet shop and wine cellar featuring fine wines from around the world. The property features 13,000 square-feet of indoor meeting space and 10,000 square-feet of outdoor function space. Private concierge, butler, maid and chef services are available at a premium and are included with each private villa.

The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa is a member of ?The Leading Hotels of the World”; was recognized as “One of the Top 10 Most Exciting Home Developments in the World” by Travel + Leisure magazine (March 2007); and is a recipient of the Five-star award at the 2007 CNBC International Property Awards.

The Palmyra, A Sol?s Resort & Spa is less than a 15-minute drive from Montego Bay International Airport. For more information or group reservations, please visit www.solisthepalmyra.com or call (954) 772-4282. For guest reservations, please call 800-591-0473.

Doral Palm Springs Resort Announces ?Choose Your Bailout” Spring Stimulus Meeting Packages

Progressive Packages Designed for the Ultimate in Savings

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., March 2009 ? The award-winning Doral Desert Princess Resort, Palm Springs has announced three new meeting packages designed to create greater savings for meeting planners the more business they book. This progressive savings plan helps group clients stretch their budgets while offering attendees a value-packed event in a beautiful, desert location.

?We are excited to be able to offer such an extraordinary value proposition to our meeting clients,” said Elie Zod, general manager. ?Meeting and event planners can host an affordable and successful meeting in an upscale, desert resort setting while realizing extensive savings for their attendees.”

Book a Doral Palm Springs Meeting Bailout Package by June 30th*:
Overnight group rooms of 40 to 99
Receive one complimentary continental breakfast and a 5% rebate on the total group room revenue spend (up to a $2,000 value)

Overnight group rooms of 100 to 199
Receive one complimentary deli luncheon and a 10% rebate on the total group room revenue spend (up to a $7,000 value)

Overnight group rooms of 200 and over
Receive one complimentary one-hour reception and a 15% rebate of the total group room revenue spend (up to a $13,500 value)

For further information on these packages or to reserve a group event, please contact the Doral Desert Princess Resort, Palm Spring sales office at (760) 322-6820.

The resort is situated in the serene Coachella Valley on 345-acres, surrounded by breathtaking desert views and the San Jacinto Mountains. The resort?s experienced and friendly meeting and banquet staff aspire to provide the most personalized service on events such as seminars, corporate and association meetings, weddings and dinner banquets.

In addition to 285 elegant guest rooms and suites with spectacular mountain and pool views, the Doral Desert Princess Resort features 23,000 square feet of conference and banquet facilities, wireless Internet connectivity throughout, complimentary airport shuttle, full audio visual meeting support, 27-holes of championship golf, 10 tournament-style tennis courts, Olympic sized pool with a 5,000-square-foot pool deck, full-service spa, and several restaurants and lounges.

?Everything is right here that you need for your meeting to flourish,” said Mr. Zod. ?Meeting attendees can experience the glamour of a Palm Springs resort without the Palm Springs price tag.”

About the Doral Desert Princess Resort, Palm Springs

The Doral Desert Princess Resort is a jewel in the Palm Springs area of Cathedral City, California. The resort was recently ranked fourth for overall meeting planner satisfaction by Sterling Research Group for the fourth quarter 2008. The Doral Desert Princess Resort is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and just seven miles from downtown Palm Springs and five miles from Palm Springs regional airport. The 285-room resort features 23,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, tennis courts, championship golf, pool, full-service spa, restaurants, and complimentary airport shuttle. Located in California?s scenic Coachella Valley, the resort is surrounded by serene desert beauty just minutes from world-class shopping, fine dining, downtown Palm Springs, and an abundance of outdoor desert and mountain activities. For more information about the Doral Desert Princess Resort, Palm Springs please visit the resort web site at www.doralpalmsprings.com.

*Offers valid on new group business for meetings booked March 2, 2009 through June 30, 2009 and consumed by December 31, 2009. Offers are based on one meal credit per paid overnight guest room. Offers cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.

Orlando Ranked as Top Medical Meetings Destination

BY ANNUAL HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY REPORT

ORLANDO, Fla. ? Orlando hosted more medical meetings in 2008 than any other destination in the U.S., according to the 2009 State of the Industry Report conducted by Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association(HCEA). In addition, the tradeshow association study found that Orlando was the top healthcare meeting location for the last 12 years and on average hosts a new healthcare meeting every five days.

During 2008, Orlando hosted more than 225 medical meetings, representing 173,000 attendees and providing $111 million in attendee spending.

?We?re thrilled to have earned and maintained the trust and confidence of this important meetings market segment for more than a decade,” said Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando/Orange County CVB). ?With our extensive medical infrastructure and support, combined with more than $2.2 billion in new hotels and attractions, the destination will continue to offer domestic and international medical meeting attendees incredible new options along with highly sought-after educational opportunities and memorable experiences. Orlando is ushering in a new era for medical meetings, conventions and tradeshows as it morphs into a vibrant world-class medical city that can not only offer a wealth of physicians, specialists and educators as speakers on a variety of medical topics, but also state-of-the-art facility tours.”

Orlando is currently developing a new 600-acre ?medical city” complex that will include such top facilities as: the Burnham Institute of Medical Research; the University of Central Florida College of Medicine; a University of Florida research facility; Orlando VA Medical Center; Nemours Children?s Hospital and Research Campus; and the M.D. Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Center. These new facilities complement Orlando?s existing acclaimed medical establishments including Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center. More than 150 biotechnology and life science companies also currently call Orlando home, including the recently established Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital.

Representing 23 percent of all U.S. conventions in 2007 according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, medical meetings continue to be a focus for the Orlando CVB?s meetings and conventions outreach efforts. In September 2008, the Orlando CVB hosted the region?s first Medical Meetings & Tourism Summit attended by more than 100 community and business leaders from Orlando?s medical, healthcare and hospitality industries to create synergies amongst these groups to further increase medical meetings opportunities for the destination.

For information on Orlando?s growing medical community or general information on Orlando meetings and conventions, visit orlandoconventions.com.

About the Orlando/Orange County CVB
The Orlando/Orange County CVB is the branding, sales and marketing organization responsible for positioning Orlando as the destination of choice for leisure and meetings business for the economic benefit of the Orlando region. The organization celebrates 25 years of destination management excellence in 2009.

Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove Announces Sweeping Renovations

Elk Grove Village, IL ? March 23, 2009
The newly multi-million dollar remodeled Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove, conveniently located just off of I-90 in the picturesque Northwest Point Office Park, welcomes guests with a completely renovated hotel – an exciting transformation in comfort and warmth. The 255 soothing, earth-toned two-room suites offer travelers a restful night?s sleep on the renowned Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(SM) Bed. Sheraton Suites also will pamper canine companions with the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed.

All rooms are spacious suites with separate bedrooms and living rooms with sofa sleepers. Ergonomic desk chairs provide the business traveler with a stress-free workspace and two plasma televisions help keep the guest entertained from any spot in the suite. Located on preferred floors, Sheraton Club guest rooms offer upgraded amenities; complimentary bottled water and a copier/fax/printer with complimentary office supplies.

The Link@Sheraton experience with Microsoft in the lobby features a Starbucks Coffee? shop and free internet connection – a great place to connect with friends and loved ones during downtime. After a long day, guests can unwind in the Fitness Center, with a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, or with a massage at and Martha?s Vineyards Spa. Guests can retreat to the relaxing atmosphere of the Lobby Lounge Bar that offers a full service bar, daily Happy Hour, and large screen TV. Junipers Restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious fare, from steak to seafood to pasta. Plus, it offers a daily special lunch menu and salad bar buffet.

Meeting planners will be interested in the well-appointed meeting rooms. With over 5500 square feet of very flexible function space, divisible into 8 separate rooms, meeting visions will become reality. All space is equipped with T1 HSIA plus, in-house conference service/audio visual specialists will see to every detail of meetings.

The hotel offers complimentary parking and a great location in Elk Grove Village, a major suburb in the northwest corridor of Chicago and only minutes away from the famous Woodfield Shopping Mall and Arlington Park Race Course. In addition, the hotel is easily accessible from all major expressways situated just 8 miles from O?Hare International Airport. Shuttle service is available to local attractions and businesses within a five-mile radius, with commuter rail service to downtown Chicago.

?Congratulations to General Manager Mirza Baig and his staff.” Commented Fran Bolson, President of the WCNCB. ?Clearly, 2009 is a critical year for the hospitality industry and the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove understands the competitive benefits of showcasing outstanding properties in the Chicago Northwest area to business and leisure travelers alike. We value our cooperative sales and marketing relationship,” added Bolson.

Convention Industry Council Announces the 2009 January CMP Class

Alexandria, VA ? March 16, 2009 – The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is pleased to announce that 356 individuals passed the January 10, 2009 CMP examination, making them the most recent class of graduates to earn the prestigious designation of Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP). This distinguished credential, recognized throughout the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry demonstrates an individual?s comprehensive knowledge of meeting management and the next step in their commitment to the meeting profession.

?We are thrilled with the continued enthusiasm for the CMP designation”, said Kimberly Miles, CMP, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and current CMP Board Chair. ?This shows a level of commitment by the meeting and convention industry to make this professional certification the pinnacle of achievement in an individual?s career path.”

The CMP program, established in 1985, is designed to increase the professionalism of meeting managers in all sectors of the industry; recognize and raise industry standards; and increase the value of these practitioners to their employers. The demand for this designation continues to increase as both employers and meeting professionals realize the depth of knowledge and recognition to the profession that this certification brings to an organization. The CMP designation has been earned by more than 13,000 meeting professionals in 35 countries and territories worldwide.

?The interest in the CMP certification has intensified during these challenging economic times”, stated Christina Buck, CMP Program Director. Professionals in the meeting and event industry are anxious to obtain this designation to keep themselves at the highest level of accomplishment and ahead of the learning curve.”

Obtaining the CMP designation is a two-part process, consisting of an application and a written examination, administered and monitored by an independent testing agency. Eligibility to take the examination is based on an extensive review of professional qualifications. Candidates must have at least three years of employment in the meetings industry and demonstrate responsibility and accountability for successful meetings. The comprehensive written examination tests knowledge of all functions of meeting management. The next North American CMP examination is scheduled for July 11, 2009. The following exam is scheduled for January 9, 2010; the application deadline for this exam is August 14, 2009. The CMP is one of two signature programs maintained by the Convention Industry Council that provide value to the convention industry and hospitality field. Additional information on the Convention Industry Council and the CMP process can be found at www.conventionindustry.org.

The Convention Industry Council?s 34 member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC facilitates the exchange of information develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry and educates the public on its profound economic impact. CIC?s programs include the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative, and numerous industry resource projects.

Travel Industry Launches Campaign to Defend Business Meetings and Events from Politicized Attacks

?Meetings Mean Business” Gives Voice to Millions of Working Americans, Hundreds of Local Communities

Dow: ?Climate of fear is killing jobs and hurting communities”

Washington, DC ? March 2009 ? The U.S. Travel Association has launched the ?Meetings Mean Business” campaign, a major initiative intended to push back against the political demonization of business meetings and events. The campaign comes as companies ? most of whom have not received taxpayer assistance ? cancel thousands of meetings and events, often out of fear that they will be singled out by politicians.

Meetings Mean Business?Make no mistake, companies that have received taxpayer assistance must be held to a different standard and conduct their business in a transparent and responsible manner,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. ?But the pendulum has swung too far. The climate of fear is causing a historic pullback of business meetings and events, with a devastating impact on small businesses, American workers and communities.”

According to a new survey by Meetings and Convention Magazine conducted prior to last week?s firestorm over Northern Trust, more than 20 percent of companies that have not received taxpayer assistance have cancelled events due to recent media and political attention. More than half (52%) claim the news coverage has been extremely or moderately influential on their companies? decisions to hold events.

?Our campaign will challenge policymakers to tone down the dangerous rhetoric, embrace sensible guidelines for companies receiving assistance and promote travel as an economic solution.”

The ?Meetings Mean Business” campaign ? www.MeetingsMeanBusiness.com ? is a comprehensive effort, including extensive grassroots mobilization, paid advertising and new media strategies. Campaign components include:

* Development of local coalitions representing workers, small businesses and community leaders, who will speak out on the benefits of meetings and events;
* Groundbreaking research that demonstrates the return on investment of meetings, events and performance incentive travel;
* Economic impact analysis at the state and congressional district level in terms of jobs, economic growth and tax revenue associated with meetings and events;
* Aggressive print and online paid advertising that clearly identifies the value of meetings and events and the unintended victim of its demise; and
* The creation of a rapid-response war-room to counter-act false accusations against legitimate travel activities.

Meetings and events are responsible for nearly 15% of all travel in the United States and create $101 billion in spending, one million jobs and nearly $16 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state and local level. Without the jobs generated by travel for meetings and events, the unemployment rate in the United States would jump from 7.6% to 8.2%.

U.S. Travel is conducting its campaign in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Destination Marketing Association International, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meetings Professional International, National Business Travel Association, Professional Convention and Management Association and SITE (formerly the Society of Incentive Travel Executives).

These associations recently released recommended meetings and events guidelines for companies receiving taxpayer assistance. The groups are strongly encouraging the U.S. Treasury Department to embrace these guidelines and, in so doing, establish transparent standards for those who have accepted federal government support.

Previously the Travel Industry Association (TIA), the U.S. Travel Association is the national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the $740 billion travel industry. U.S. Travel?s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. U.S. Travel is proud to be a partner in travel with American Express. For more information, visit www.ustravel.org.

Media Contact:
U.S. Travel Association
Kristy Chandler
Director, Communications
202-408-2172

Orlando/Orange County CVB Announces Future Conventions & Meetings

ORLANDO, Fla. ? The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando/Orange County CVB) announced today that they have confirmed 22 conventions or shows at the Orange County Convention Center in the last three months (November ? January). These shows represent an estimated 289,000 attendees with an approximate economic impact of more than $346 million. Conventions or shows include:

? American Open Cheer and Dance Championship, March 12-14, 2010
? SAP Global Marketing ? Sapphire Annual Meeting, May 16-19, 2010
? Craft and Hobby Association Summer Convention & Trade Show, July 20-24, 2010

? Ace Hardware Annual Fall Convention, October 29-31 2010
? National Association for the Education of Young Children?s Annual November National Convention, November 2-5, 2011 and November 18-21, 2015
? Global Pet Expo, February 20-23, 2013
? American Academy of Audiology?s Annual Convention, March 27-29, 2014
? The Fresh Summit International Convention and Exposition, October 15-17, 2016
? International Homebuilders Show, January 12-15, 2022

?These are great wins for Orlando and Orange County. Our sales team has been working diligently to secure new business and continue our relationships with our existing partners,” said Gary Sain, president & CEO of the Orlando/Orange County CVB. ?Even in these tough economic times, Orlando is still a much sought after destination for large meetings because of our world-class convention amenities, great accessibility, compelling value and our creative spirit.”
About the Orlando/Orange County CVB
The Orlando/Orange County CVB is the branding, sales and marketing organization responsible for positioning Orlando as the destination of choice for leisure and meetings business for the economic benefit of the Orlando region. The organization celebrates 25 years of destination management excellence in 2009.

Meeting Professionals Resources at the 2009 Springtime Expo

Looking for destinations, products, and services that will put a little spring into your next meeting? Spend one day with us and we guarantee* that you will receive tangible takeaways that will help you get a jump on your meeting planning. Become an ASAE & The Center member and register for the 2009 Springtime Expo, the premier meetings industry event, where you will:

? Jump-start your meeting planning by exploring hundreds of fabulous destinations, products, and services on the expo floor.
? Elevate your knowledge through idea-awakening sessions on topics like how to better integrate business practices the socially responsible way, increase attendee satisfaction and exhibitor ROI at your next meeting, and apply social networking to help increase your events value.
? Connect with new and familiar colleagues during networking opportunities, and much more!

As an ASAE & The Center member you will have the opportunity to:

? Network with your meeting professional colleagues in the Meetings & Expositions Section and benefit from the section’s bimonthly e-newsletter, packed with technical information you need to do your day-to-day job better.
? Receive answers and customized research services from the experienced professionals at our Knowledge Center, plus 24/7 access to various models and samples on meetings and expositions, RFPs, checklists, or toolkits.
? Learn essential skills through learning opportunities such as our Hotel Operations Program and Business of Meetings Certificate Program.

Don?t wait, register today and take your meeting planning career to the next level. Visit www.asaecenter.org/springtimeexpo.

Can?t join us for the 2009 Springtime Expo? You can still enjoy the benefits of membership in the premier organization for association executives. Join today at our special introductory rate of 15% off of membership dues. Simply fill out and return the membership application, call 202-371-0940, or email ASAEservice@asaecenter.org and a member service representative will be at your service.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Says “Bon Voyage” to Cruise Passengers

LAUNCHES NEW GLOBAL PRE AND POST CRUISE PACKAGE OPTION

WHITE PLAINS, NY (March 2009) ? Starwood Hotels & Resorts created a global pre- and post-cruise hotel booking option for travel professionals available today at www.starwoodpro.com. Travel professionals and their clients can choose from 60 port cities in 17 countries and more than 140 hotels in the Starwood portfolio, representing all nine Starwood brands.

For clients cruising to or from New York, Miami, Vancouver, Sydney, San Diego, Honolulu, Bangkok or any other major cruise port, Starwood would like to be the destination of choice pre or post cruise. Extending a vacation prior to departure or after the return to port, can enhance the overall cruise experience and vacation for clients. Clients can also benefit from great rates which include daily breakfast. Pre and post cruise rates through Starwood are also fully commissionable to travel professionals.

?Starwood recognizes that every time your customer travels, they may not select a land based vacation,” said Chris J. Austin, Vice President, Global Customer Partnerships, Leisure & Luxury Sales. ?We partner with many cruise lines in the industry, and truly recognize the value of the cruise traveler to the industry as a whole. This new initiative provides additional options for travel professionals as they strive to build the best vacations for their customers and the best profit potential for themselves.”

The new pre and post cruise booking option is sponsored by Starwood Pro, a user-friendly interface for Starwood and its travel professionals. The packages can be reviewed at http://www.starwoodpromos.com/travelprofessional-cruise/ and reservations are bookable through all primary booking methods, including online at www.starwoodpro.com. Travel Professionals can also call 1-800-334-8484 and request promo code PPC or search in the GDS under promotional rates.

“Starwood has been a steadfast supporter of the dedicated travel agencies of the CLIA community, accepting our agents’ credentials for commissions and supporting our agents through training and sponsorship of our annual Cruise3Sixty event,” said Terry Dale, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). ?This newest initiative, with pre and post cruise packaging, is yet another opportunity for our travel professionals to satisfy their customers and support our partners.”

Any pre and post cruise booking made during 2009 will also qualify travel professionals for an entry in Starwood?s new ?Book and Win BIG” sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will run through 2009 with twelve monthly prizes of 50,000 Starpoints and a Grand Prize of one million Starpoints. Travel professionals can visit www.starwoodpro.com , click on the ?Book and Win BIG” link to register and add their bookings. Each booking added is another qualifying entry.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis?, The Luxury Collection?, Sheraton?, Westin?, Four Points? by Sheraton, W?, Le M?ridien? and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM Hotels. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com/pressclub

About StarwoodPro
Successfully launched in late 2007, StarwoodPro establishes a sophisticated, user-friendly interface between Starwood and travel professionals including a robust search and booking engine, complete brand information and access to Starpicks (the lowest internet rates available from Starwood), and the travel professional learning and development program ProLearning. To participate in ProLearning, travel professionals should visit www.starwoodpro.com today. All travel professionals who complete the first module of ProLearning are then qualified for the new STARPRO travel professional rates.

Diamonds Are A Planner?s Best Friend? ALHI Awards The 1-Carat ?Arizona Grand Diamond”

WASHINGTON, DC (March 2009) ? When Jill Clark meeting manager for the American Society of Hematology, attended Associated Luxury Hotels International?s annual ?ALHI Luxury Showcase” in Washington, D.C. in February, she didn?t expect to be walking away with a stunning one-carat diamond solitaire necklace. But that is just what happened, as she was the winner of the dazzling ?Arizona Grand Diamond,” named after the exceptional Arizona Grand Resort, which is a member of ALHI. The gem was presented to her by David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI; Katie Giese, national sales manager for Arizona Grand Resort; and Ed Simon, regional vice president of sales for ALHI, based in ALHI?s National Sales Office in Washington, D.C. Clark is based in Washington, D.C.

The ?Arizona Grand Diamond” was the second one-carat diamond presented this year as part of ALHI?s ?2009 Diamond Tour.” ALHI awards the diamonds as a means to showcase its exceptional portfolio of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts.

ALHI serves the meetings, incentive, conventions and expositions (M.I.C.E.) industries with its national sales responsibilities for its membership of over 125 premier Four- and Five-Diamond/Star quality hotels and resorts worldwide.

During the 2009 tour, ALHI will award diamonds valued at more than $50,000 in one-carat diamond solitaires.

With a diverse luxury portfolio of nearly 90,000 rooms and suites and over 9 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI enables meeting planners and incentive specialists to gain easy one-call access to its outstanding member hotels and resorts worldwide which specialize in meetings and incentive programs requiring from 10 to more than 5,000 rooms. Member properties include extraordinary meeting and incentive resorts, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with gaming and entertainment.

For more information about ALHI, contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the ?ALHI Luxury Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.