. . . Asheville Resort Becomes ALHI’s 3rd In North Carolina
WASHINGTON, DC – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, one of the South’s best-loved resorts, has been accepted as a new member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The 512-room Asheville, North Carolina resort, which provides magnificent views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and which features 53,000 square feet of meeting space, will now receive dedicated National Sales services and support by ALHI and its professional sales force throughout North America.
ALHI (www.alhi.com) is a prestigious dues-based membership National Sales organization (NSO) that represents more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide to the meetings and incentive marketplace. There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to utilize the National Sales services of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the organization to serve planners.
The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa becomes ALHI’s third member in North Carolina, joining: the renowned and historic Pinehurst Resort, which sits on 2,000 acres in the heartland of North Carolina; and the elegant and impressive Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, offering 271 guest rooms and 33,000 square feet of meeting space in vibrant Durham.
Perched atop scenic Sunset Mountain overlooking the picturesque city of Asheville, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has a rich history, which includes serving as host to many U.S. presidents and famous guests since its opening in 1913. The resort features 53,000 square feet of meeting space (which includes the 17,982-square-foot Grand Ballroom), as well as a 43,000-square-foot world-class spa, a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course, and a 50,000-square-foot Sports Complex that features an indoor pool, three outdoor tennis courts, three indoor tennis courts, and a fitness center. The resort’s three award-winning restaurants include Horizons Dining Room, ranked as one of the 50 best hotel restaurants in the nation. Area offerings available to groups include hikes to scenic peaks, gallery strolls, horseback riding, visits to The Biltmore Estate, Asheville Historic Trolley Tours, and adventure excursions like whitewater rafting. The resort is located just nine miles from Asheville Regional Airport.
“The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is truly one of the most famous resorts in the South, and it is an exceptional venue for groups in every regard,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. “In addition to featuring a breathtaking setting, the resort also offers an array of recreational options for groups, and provides genuine first-class service. We are very excited to have Grove Park Inn join our membership, providing us three fantastic options for planners in beautiful North Carolina for their meetings of all types and sizes.”
With a worldwide portfolio of over 100,000 rooms and suites and more than 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced National Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs requiring from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms, with easy and professional one-call local access.
Member hotels 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 world-class gaming and entertainment.
For a complete list of ALHI’s entire worldwide portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s impressive portfolio, including easily useful information on several defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio to serve distinctive meeting, convention and incentive travel needs. Due to the diversity of its offerings, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is now one of the offerings in ALHI’s “Mountain Collection,” as well as in the “ALHI Golf Collection” and the “ALHI Historic Collection.”
On the website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.
ALHI has 16 professionally-staffed National Sales Offices to serve the meetings marketplace, with locations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Diego, Savannah, and Toronto.
For more information about ALHI, to inquire about a future meeting at any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2010-2011 ALHI National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com .