. . . ADW Is ALHI’s New Global Sales Team Serving Planners In North America As Outbound Specialist For International Group Programs
CHICAGO, IL (March 2012) – Associated Destinations Worldwide (ADW), the new Global Sales Organization (GSO) launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) in October 2011, has expanded to the Down Under with the addition of luxurious meeting focused hotels in Melbourne, Australia, and in Auckland, New Zealand. The Langham, Melbourne and The Langham, Auckland, respectively, become ALHI’s, and ADW’s, first member hotels or resorts in Australia and New Zealand, according to David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI and of ADW. The two hotels are widely recognized as among the very finest hotels in the South Pacific. The Langham, Melbourne was just named the “Top Luxury Hotel in the South Pacific” in TripAdvisor’s “Travelers Choice 2012 – The Best Hotels Awards,” as chosen by TripAdvisor’s extensive online community, and was followed closely by The Langham, Auckland in third place.
Built upon ALHI’s more than 25 years of National Sales and service experience, ADW specifically provides local Global Sales Organization (GSO) services to U.S. and Canadian meeting professionals, incentive/recognition specialists, association and corporate executives, for its world-class member destinations, upper-tier hotels, and first-class convention facilities from around the world.
Associated Destinations Worldwide (www.adw-gso.com) is a dedicated business unit of well-trained specialists that jointly serves North American companies and associations by providing incremental expertise, guidance, and local authorized sales services as an extension of their international members, specifically for outbound international group programs. ADW works in concert with the 16 ALHI National Sales Offices (NSO) and the ALHI NSO professionals providing incremental sales intelligence, account advocacy, and assistance to the accounts they serve.
ALHI (www.alhi.com) is a prestigious National Sales Organization (NSO), which for over 25 years has specifically provided dedicated and professional NSO services and sales support for its distinctive portfolio of more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts to the meetings and incentive marketplace. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI NSO or ADW GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as members’ dues fund the organization to best serve planners with local professionals.
“Australia and New Zealand are incredible destinations that are increasingly popular for North American meeting and incentive/recognition programs,” said ADW Executive Vice President Kevin Hinton, who oversees ADW day-to-day sales operations and services. “The destinations are absolutely beautiful, exciting, and very enticing for attendees. Add in that these are truly exceptional Langham Hotels in vibrant Melbourne and breathtaking Auckland, situated where you want them to be. Planners will know that these are outstanding world-class options for their programs, as they learn more about these new Members.”
Added Gabri, “We are very proud to add these fine hotels to our worldwide Membership, and pleased that we are now able to address the needs of North American planners with great venue options in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to other options across the Pacific. Planners can now easily and quickly learn more about these destinations and wonderful hotels with one-call access to their nearest ADW global sales professional, and by asking their ALHI team currently serving them.”
Hinton added, “ALHI has been successfully serving the meetings and incentive marketplace in North America for more than 25 years. Planners can be assured that these are exceptional hotels in first-class destinations, which – importantly — know how to host and welcome meeting programs and incentive groups.”
Exceptional Offerings In Melbourne & Auckland
Providing panoramic city views from its ideal location on the famous Southbank Promenade, The Langham, Melbourne is located in scenic Melbourne, Victoria, which hugs the hip of the Australian east coast. Boasting an ideal setting overlooking the picturesque and tranquil Yarra River, the hotel features 387 elegant rooms and suites, and 11 meeting rooms including the Clarendon Ballroom that can accommodate up to 400 people. Additional offerings include: Chuan Spa with 8 private treatment rooms; a fitness studio; an indoor swimming pool; the popular Melba restaurant overlooking the Yarra River; and the chic ARIA Bar & Lounge. Voted the “Top City Hotel In Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine (USA), the extraordinary riverside hotel is close to such area offerings as the Eureka Tower Sky Deck (providing the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere), the impressive Melbourne Aquarium, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Giant Sky Wheel, and the Flinders Lane shopping and art district. The hotel is just 25 minutes from Melbourne International Airport.
Embodying timeless elegance, the Five-Star The Langham, Auckland is located in vibrant and sophisticated Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Famously known as the “City of Sails,” Auckland features three harbors, numerous volcanic sites, scenic mountain ranges, and more than 50 surrounding islands, making it an aquatic paradise. Recipient of the “Best Hotel Award” at the New Zealand Tourism Awards, The Langham, Auckland provides 411 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, as well as 17 breakout rooms and two ballrooms (including the 12,605-square-foot Great Room that can accommodate 1,400 for a reception). The hotel also features Chuan Spa with six lavish treatment rooms; a fitness studio; an outdoor swimming pool; and the distinctive Barolo restaurant. The hotel was recently named “The Top New Zealand Hotel” in the prestigious “Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011,” and the third best hotel in the Oceania region. The hotel is just 30 minutes from Auckland International Airport.
In addition to these new Members, the ALHI/ADW team also features such other exceptional hotels and resorts in its portfolio as: The Grand Resorts at Cap Cana collection in Dominican Republic, which includes Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, Sanctuary Cap Cana, and Ocean Club Cap Cana; and the popular Punta Cana Resorts in Dominican Republic with the Paradisus Palma Real Resort and Paradisus Punta Cana Resort. Elsewhere other outstanding Members include the luxurious Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the incredible Paradise Island, Bahamas ATLANTIS, including The Cove, The Reef, The Royal Towers, and more.
Offerings in Mexico include five unique resorts: the AAA Five-Diamond Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa (Cancun); the chic Live Aqua (Cancun); in Playa del Carmen the brand new Paradisus Resorts with the Paradisus La Perla, and the Paradisus La Esmeralda; plus in Los Cabos the magnificent Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort. Canadian hotels include the Four-Diamond Loews Hotel Vogue Montreal and the exceptional Loews Hotel Le Concorde in Quebec in the east, and the sophisticated Pan Pacific Vancouver along the west coast.
ADW now features 6 Members in China: the chic Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport in Beijing; The Langham, Xintiandi , Shanghai, located in the heart of vibrant Shanghai’s entertainment hub; the glamorous Five-Star The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai in Shanghai’s central business district; the soon-to-open The Langham, Shenzhen in Shenzhen in southern China; the grand The Langham, Hong Kong in Hong Kong’s upscale Tsimshatsui, Kowloon district; and the Five-Star Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong in the Kowloon Peninsula.
Plus in the Middle East, ALHI/ADW serves as GSO to the famed Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
For more information about Associated Destinations Worldwide, call (312) 346-5768, and visit www.adw-gso.com . For information about ALHI, contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.