Monthly Archives: April 2013

From Sculpture to Street, South Place Hotel Advocates Local Artists

Berlin – Specially commissioned artworks by John-Vincent Aranda and Andrew Martin, a larger-than-life ceramic sculpture by up-and-coming talent Zemer Peled, photographs by Gavin Mitchell and a light installation by George Singer. Which of London’s many art galleries play host to such an exhibition, you ask? Welcome to South Place Hotel in London.

Recently opened in September 2012, South Place is a synthesis of hotel, gallery, restaurants and meeting place. Straddling the City and the East End both in location and concept, South Place is home to a remarkable art collection including several specially-commissioned pieces. As of April, the emphasis on showcasing London’s artistic talent will extend from the hotel into the surrounding neighborhood: guests will be offered street art tours by expert guides, escorting them through the urban landscape and showing them the best of what London has to offer.
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Ephemeral Art in the East End
Overnight, East London streetscapes are transformed by urban art. Facades, bridges, doors – nearly any structure can become the ‘canvas’. London’s East End is a mecca for street artists and their fans and South Place Hotel now offers guests tours with expert guides who know the best spots and give insight into the vibrant scene. The tour routes change frequently to include new works – which are unpredictable, surprising and always transient.

Opportunity Knocks
A foray through the public space of the hotel is equally rewarding with a multi-media collection spanning photos, installations, sculptures and paintings. Demonstrating its commitment to promoting young local talent, the hotel created an annual South Place Hotel Art Prize. Winners are not only awarded GBP 5,000, their piece is prominently showcased in a street-facing display window for an entire year. Currently Zelem Peled’s ceramic sculpture is on display; the next award will be announced in May, with the winning piece due for installation in early September.

London Calling
Located between Liverpool Street and Moorgate, the 80-room South Place Hotel brings together business, art, design, tradition and innovation – London’s creative energy at its best. The hotel is the first by D&D London, which has over 30 restaurants around the world. Not only did the owners bring their restaurateur expertise to the hotel, but they’ve pulled together bespoke interiors by Conran & Partners within the signature style of Allies and Morrison architects.
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Malaysia’s Booth-Largest for S.E.A. Region in IT&CM China

MyCEB tops chart with industry partners for highest co-exhibitors in the region

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) will be participating in the Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings China (IT&CM) for the third time. Joined by 15 industry partners including the Sabah Tourism Board, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Reliance Conventions & Events, the Malaysian booth will have the largest booth for South East Asian (S.E.A) region and fourth largest international booth at the tradeshow.

Due to be held from 17-19 April 2013, IT&CM China will be taking place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre and is expecting to receive more than 3,000 delegates and 700 exhibitors this year. The tradeshow brings together Chinese and international MICE exhibitors and buyers in one dynamic marketplace. It also acts as a platform for industry players to network, showcase and explore business opportunities.

“MyCEB is excited to once again be a part of IT&CM China as it provides Malaysia an opportunity to reach out to international buyers especially the Chinese buyers. With our booth being the largest in the tradeshow, we are confident that we will be able to showcase the best of what Malaysia has to offer when it comes to meetings and incentive. I think that Chinese market will be able to relate to Malaysia as we strike a similar chord through our Chinese heritage and ethnicity. On top of the sense of familiarity, Malaysia’s multicultural element which is unique to Malaysia will definitely interest our audience,” enthused Mr Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of MyCEB.

China represents a major and influential market for Malaysia. Malaysia’s statistics indicates that tourist arrival from China is top five in the country. The hike in Chinese tourist arrival to Malaysia has resulted in an increase of accessibility to the destination through direct flights from many parts of China. Malaysia is considered as a medium haul destination as most flights between Malaysia and China are about 4 – 7 hours away. The national carrier, Malaysia Airlines provides 30 flights per week to 5 cities in China whilst low-cost carrier, AirAsia/Air Asia X provides 55 flights per week to 7 cities. Recently, more flight routes were added from Guangzhou – Kota Kinabalu by China Southern Airlines and Air Asia has also added Kunming as its destination.

“Last year, we have launched our Corporate & Incentive campaign guide, ‘Malaysia-Asia like never before’ which is also available in Chinese. We have also launched the Malaysia Twin Deal Programme China twice, an indication of how well-received Malaysia is to this market. We are looking for various ways to tap into the Chinese business events market further by appointing a sales and marketing representative offfice in China by second quarter of this year. We also see great potential in clan conferences due to the existence of the strong Chinese culture in Malaysia,” commented Zulkefli.

As part of the Ministry of Tourism’s target to attract 28 million tourist to Malaysia, MyCEB is a also strong supporter of the Tourism Malaysia’s Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign. The Bureau hopes to leverage on the campaign as a platform to attract more business events and visitors to support the growth of the business events industry.

To find out more about the Malaysia booth at IT&CM China, visit booth no. A12 or contact MyCEB at +603-20342090 or go to www.myceb.com.my for more information.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Brings Successful Pick Your Perks Group Program Back to Florida Hotels

A Distinctive Experience Awaits in Miami, South Beach and Vero Beach with Discounted Rates, Creative Perks, and Inspired Options and Incentives

MIAMI – Back by popular demand, Kimpton’s three Florida hotels are once again offering groups the Pick Your Perks program, helping meeting planners stage more productive meetings while capitalizing on an array of value added perks. EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami; Surfcomber Miami, South Beach; and Vero Beach Hotel & Spa on Florida’s Treasure Coast have once again raised the bar on meetings by offering more inspired options as well as newly expanded and multi-functional event space.

With a new set of offerings, each hotel is giving meeting planners the choice of added perks and incentives that will allow them to customize meetings and deliver a memorable and dynamic experience for all attendees. From yacht excursions and private wine receptions to VIP guestroom upgrades and airport group transfers, planners can choose from a variety of distinctive options, extras and upgrades.

Through the Pick Your Perks meetings program, planners will receive discounted savings based on the number of room nights booked. In addition, based on the total combined group spend, planners will also receive a gift card – ranging from $100 to $1,000. Specific perks available at each Kimpton property in Florida and details about each property’s unique meetings facilities are as follows:

EPIC Hotel, Miami
EPIC recently enhanced its meetings offering with the addition of a Mezzanine Level space that provides groups large and small, with greater choice and flexibility. Bringing the total amount of event space at the hotel to 50,000 sq. ft. with the ability to accommodate events of up to 400, EPIC’s new function space makes the hotel’s offerings among the most comprehensive in the downtown Miami area – from its executive boardrooms and indoor Metropolis ballroom, to its outdoor 16th floor pool deck and EPIC lawn. Specifically, the newly added Mezzanine Level space features four new meeting rooms designed to accommodate smaller groups of 65 to 80, as well as larger gatherings of up to 210 when four of the five rooms are combined to form the hotel’s second ballroom. The new function space also offers supplementary breakout rooms for those groups needing more flexibility, proximity and privacy.

EPIC’s Pick Your Perks meeting program offers planners up to five percent off the master account when consuming a total of 100 room nights or more. Planners can also select two perks from among the following when planning their next meeting at EPIC:

• One hour early check-in (based on availability)
• One hour later check-out (based on availability)
• 50 percent off meeting room rental
• 10 percent off audio/visual equipment
• Up to two VIP guestroom upgrades (based on availability) with welcome amenity
• Complimentary weekend stay for future use
• Complimentary 60-minute massage from Exhale spa
• Complimentary two-hour private yacht cruise departing from EPIC’s private marina

Surfcomber Miami, South Beach
Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, which recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation, offers an ideal South Beach location, ocean views and effortless style for a unique and comfortable meeting setting. With a variety of unique indoor and outdoor meeting spaces boasting natural light and scenic views, the hotel can accommodate up to 500 guests. Surfcomber’s meeting services and amenities include beachside meetings, creative team building options, comprehensive multi-media and audio-visual support, wireless Internet access and more.

Surfcomber’s Pick Your Perks meeting program offers planners five percent off the master account when consuming a total of 50 – 125 room nights and 10 percent off the master account when booking 126 or more room nights. Planners can also select two perks from the below list when planning their meeting at Surfcomber:

• One hour early check-in (meeting planner only)
• One hour later check-out (meeting planner only)
• One category room upgrade for VIP
• Extend your one-hour group cocktail reception, and the second hour of beer and wine is free
• 10 percent off published banquet menu prices
• One round trip airport transfer for VIP
• One per 40 comp policy (cumulative)
• Up to five VIP welcome culinary amenities (chef’s selections)
• Up to five VIP turn down service
• One Hospitality cabana for VIP each day with fruit, snacks, soda, water and juice

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa
Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is an intimate, luxury oceanfront hotel located on Central Florida’s Treasure Coast and surrounded by unobstructed and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel offers two elegant meeting rooms with over 1,500 square feet of meeting space, along with an oceanfront gazebo and patio to accommodate larger groups. Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is perfect for training seminars, executive meetings, social events, spectacular beachfront weddings and more. Meeting services and amenities include creative meeting and event concept consultations, meeting space with natural light, walk out patio and an onsite 24-hour business center with laptop stations and a printer, wireless Internet throughout the hotel, and more.

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa’s Pick Your Perks meeting program offers planners five percent off the master account when booking a total of 25 – 50 room nights and 10 percent off the master account when booking 51 or more room nights. The offer includes:

• One hour early check-in (up to five rooms)
• One hour later check-out (up to five rooms)
• One category room upgrade for VIP
• One hour massage for meeting planner or designee
• Daily early happy hour at Cobalt restaurant (4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

In addition, at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, planners can select two perks from the following list:

• Two complimentary weeknight stays given at group’s discretion to their designee
• One weekend stay for meeting planner
• Private oceanfront wine hour
• Extended cocktail reception with complimentary second hour
• Complimentary roundtrip group transfer from Orlando International Airport
• Reduced valet rates
• 50 percent off room rental fee

The Pick Your Perks meetings offers at EPIC, Surfcomber, and Vero Beach Hotel and Spa are valid on all new group bookings and must be booked between May 1 and September 30, 2013. For full terms, conditions and details, please visit each hotel’s individual websites. For more information on booking a meeting at EPIC, please call 305-967-7337, visit www.epichotel.com or email sales@epichotel.com. To book a meeting or inquire about additional information for Surfcomber, please call 305-779-3802, visit www.surfcomber.com or email sales@surfcomberhotel.com. For more information or to book a meeting at Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, please call 772-469-1074, visit www.verobeachhotelandspa.com or email sales@verobeachhotelandspa.com. To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals, become a fan of the Surfcomber, EPIC and Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Facebook pages or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @KimptonInFL.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981 Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through authentic and unscripted customer care, stylish ambience and embodying a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Adjacent to the hotels are locally-loved, top-rated, Kimpton restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare program that spans all hotels and restaurants. Market Metrix, a recognized authority and leader in feedback solutions, consistently ranks Kimpton above other hotel companies in luxury and upper upscale segments for customer satisfaction. Privately held Kimpton was recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Best Company to Work for in 2012. The company operates 58 hotels and 67 restaurants, bars and lounges in 24 cities. For more information visit www.KimptonHotels.com or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

PCMA Announces Inaugural PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit

Senior Global Medical Meeting Executives from North America, Europe, Asia and South America set to gather at ExCel London to Definethe Future of Medical Meetings

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced today the launch of their inaugural PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit, to be held July 17-20, 2013 in London, England, at the ExCeL London convention center. The summit is an invitation-only event for senior medical meeting professionals and medical association CEOs.

“PCMA was founded as a medical meetings organization,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA. “While our membership has greatly diversified since our first annual meeting in 1956, we have continued throughout the years to provide robust education and resources to the medical meetings sub-specialty. This PCMA Summit will bring together global leaders who are innovators in the medical meetings industry that can critically analyze and openly discuss possible solutions that would position organizations for success.”

Magnus Lindkvist, trendspotter and futurist with expertise in healthcare will be the Summit opening keynote speaker, engaging the participants with a forecast of what life, society and business might look like in the future. Additionally, areas of facilitated discussion will include revenue streams, sponsorships and future funding, effects of governmental regulations, CMEs and the strategic role medical meeting executives can play in organizational success.

The PCMA Global Medical Meetings Summit will be hosted by ExCeL London, London & Partners and Grange Hotels. Commenting on the Summit, David Pegler, CEO, ExCeL London: “We are delighted to be working with PCMA to host and facilitate such an important Summit which will help to define a future vision for international medical meetings. London has a track record in successfully hosting such meetings and it naturally makes sense for our city to host this high profile event. A Summit such as this is vital for the future development of the industry and how medical meetings evolve to meet the economic and regulatory challenges they face. We look forward to working with PCMA to create the perfect environment for this senior delegation and we know London will deliver on this promise.”

Invitations to the leading global medical meeting professionals and association CEOs have already been extended and the gathering promises to bring the best and brightest together to explore and hypothesize the future of global medical meetings.

About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

Inspiring Line Up Announced for AIBTM Education Day

Education seminars will support meetings industry professionals towards ‘defining the future of meetings… together’

Technology set to feature as a key industry theme

AIBTM (www.aibtm.com), the Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition, has revealed today the technology sessions that are a part of the 2013 education line up. Thirty-four education sessions in total have been tailored towards to support this year’s theme “defining the future of meetings… together.”

The technology education program at this years’ show will kick off with a session delivered by Sima Dahl, Founder of Parley Communications. In her session, “What’s Your Sway Factor? Learn the Art of International Social Networking for Career Success” (Tuesday, June 11th 9am), Dahl will present her three-step Sway Factor system for social networking success based on a framework designed to aid the creation of a strong personal brand, raise visibility, and uncover career opportunities.

An interactive session, led by digital event strategist Michael Doyle, Executive Director of the Virtual Edge Institute, is scheduled to follow. “How to Virtually Extend Your Event” (Tuesday, June 11th, 10:30am) is aimed at helping event and meeting planners to understand the latest technology solutions available for extending the life and value of their face-to-face meetings and events.

Michael Doyle will present another session on Tuesday, June 11th at 1:30pm, which will educate delegates by informing them of ways in which they can make money and generate tangible value for their organizations through online events. “Monetizing your Online Event and Captured Content” will cover basic monetization including examples of organizations that have successfully deployed revenue-generating programs.

Hot Technologies 2013: “It’s #mobilesociallocal,” delivered by Jim Spellos, President of Meeting U (Tuesday June 11th, 3:00pm), will conclude the technology-themed education sessions. This fast paced session will make attendees question their adaptability to the latest technological advancements that impact their career. The session will also review existing technology as well as providing insight into what to expect in the future.

Michael Lyons, Reed Travel Exhibitions, AIBTM Exhibition Director commented, “We are delighted to be welcoming such a high caliber line up of speakers to the show this year, and look forward to engaging with our attendees through education. The high-quality content, presented by experienced industry leaders, will ensure our delegates understand future trends and innovations, allowing them to better plan and execute their meetings and business strategies, and adapt to the fast-paced world in which we live.”

AIBTM 2013 takes place from June 11th – 13th at McCormick Place in Chicago. To apply as a Hosted Buyer, register as a Trade Visitor or find out more about the education sessions, please visit www.aibtm.com.

IHMRS, BDNY Contribute to American Red Cross

Lodging industry donation supports Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) made a joint contribution of $35,000 to the American Red Cross. This donation was presented to Red Cross representatives during a meeting of the Venture Board, which governs both shows, in New York City, with the funds designated toward the continuing recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last November.

The 2012 IHMRS and BDNY shows, held in conjunction with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Fall Conference, took place just 17 days after Sandy made landfall in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Recognizing the importance of the people and resources of that area to the success of the shows, the boards of directors of both shows undertook a fundraising drive for attendees during the November shows. Onsite requests for support at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and banners announcing the importance of supporting the efforts of the Red Cross generated a tremendous amount of onsite giving. To that total, IHMRS has now added $25,000 and BDNY $10,000, representing the total gift to the Red Cross.
“The lodging industry has long been an active supporter of national and international humanitarian and community relief causes, so the decision to assist our many friends and colleagues who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy was an easy one to make,” said Joe McInerney, CHA, former AH&LA president/CEO. “New York has been the home of our shows for nearly a century, and it is important to us that we support an area that has contributed so much to us over the years. AH&LA, IHMRS, and BDNY are honored to support the American Red Cross and applaud them for all they are doing, both in post-Sandy relief and their many other causes across the country and around the world.”

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

The IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and is managed by HMG.

BDNY is a joint venture between the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and ST Media Group International, and is managed by HMG.

Chef Randy Buck of Hotel Monteleone honored as Chef of the Year

New Orleans (April 10, 2013) – During the annual Best Chefs of Louisiana awards dinner on Monday, April 8th, 2013, the American Culinary Federation New Orleans Chapter named Executive Chef Randy Buck of Hotel Monteleone as the 2013 Chef of the Year.

For his winning dish, Chef Randy Buck served the signature Chilled Blue-Crab & Avocado Shooter, which was also honored as a Gold Medal winning dish at the 2012 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience’s Fleur de Lis Culinary Awards.

“It has been an honor to work with Chef Randy Buck through the years,” said Ronald Pincus, vice president and chief operating officer for Hotel Monteleone. “He and his team have continually exceeded expectations year over year in the Culinary Division. Chef Buck’s innovative recipes and leadership in the main kitchen has raised the hotel’s dining experiences to new heights. Chef Buck is truly deserving of this wonderful award, which only confirms what our guests have been saying about him for years.”

Buck began his tenure as Executive Chef at the historic Hotel Monteleone in 1995 and his innovative recipes have been served over the years in the Monteleone’s four restaurants. Criollo Restaurant, the Hotel’s newest offering, focuses on a local ingredient-driven seasonal menu and farm to table ideology.

“I always use the freshest ingredients available and try to promote local farmers whenever possible,” said Buck. “Growing up in the South, my approach was always ‘simple.’ The least complex dishes can be the most rewarding.”

The American Culinary Federation New Orleans chapter was founded in 1978 under the name of Les Chefs des Cuisine d La’Louisian. As an organization of professional chefs, the ACFNO chapter strives to make a positive difference in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry within the Greater New Orleans region through service and to serve as a conduit of culinary education and professional development through apprenticeship, mentorship, scholarship and certification.

For more information on Criollo Restaurant at Hotel Monteleone and to make reservations, please visit http://criollonola.com/ or call (504) 681-4444. Become a fan at www.facebook.com/TheHotelMonteleone or www.facebook.com/CriolloRestaurant, follow on Twitter @hotelmonteleone and @Criollo_NOLA, and follow on Instagram at @hotelmonteleone and @criollo_nola.

The Complete Meeting Experience at Lansdowne Resort

Not only is Lansdowne home to one of the most recognized, renowned and accredited AAA-Four Diamond IACC-certified conference centers on the East Coast, it also houses 50,000 square feet of multi-use function space including 33 meeting rooms. Over the past twelve months, Lansdowne has invested over $2 million dollars in enhancements including a newly designed and renovated Ballroom, Amphitheater, Executive Boardroom and Conference Dining Room. The resort has also invested in the latest digital reader board technology and several audio/visual upgrades and enhancements. Our “Complete Meeting Experience” offers a one stop shop for all meeting and amenity needs plus a resort setting outside of our Nation’s Capital.

Our Complete Meeting Package (CMP) provides an affordable and easy way to plan and execute your next meeting. With rates starting at $279, our CMP includes:

• Well-appointed guest room with complimentary daily newspaper, bottled water, hi- speed wireless and local/800 calls

• Access to the resorts’ health club, indoor & outdoor aquatic complex, whirlpool and scheduled fitness classes.

• Three seasonally-crafted buffet meals per day in our newly renovated Riverside Hearth restaurant.

• Continuously replenished refreshment break “kiosks” offering a variety of unlimited beverages and snacks on a daily rotation.

• Meeting room rental and set-up fees for contracted space.

• Ergonomically designed conference rooms set to your specifications with “18 hour” chairs, non-glare tables and meeting amenities. In-room climate, sound and lighting controls.

• Standard audiovisual support to include podium with microphone, two flipcharts and one whiteboard with markers each day. (Additional full range of AV services are available on-site.)

• Hi-speed wireless in all meeting rooms.

• A seasoned Conference Planning Manager to assist in all aspects of designing your event and a dedicated Conference Concierge offering a full range of meeting support services.

• Includes all applicable package gratuities and service charge

At Lansdowne, we recognize that packages don’t suit every need… after all; it’s your agenda, not ours. Customizable meeting packages that include team building events and sustainable meeting elements are available.

To learn more about planning your next meeting at Lansdowne, please call 703-729-8400.

Meetings, Bean Bag Style at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

When talking about meetings, the usual theatre or boardroom set up comes to mind. Instead of this conventional approach, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) now offers the TenOnCall Beanie Experience!

The TenOnCall Beanie Experience is all about an innovative and relaxing out-of-the-norm meeting experience for clients looking for an unusual and bold approach to conduct a training session, networking forum or a meeting with a difference!

Under the TenOnCall Beanie Experience, participants can snuggle up in big, cosy, comfortable bean bags in various set-up configurations (i.e. circle, half-moon or straight rows) of their choice “making this the ideal solution for clients wanting to give a slight innovation to their meeting format. It’s particularly ideal for training, brainstorming, teambuilding and creative networking…to get the creative juices flowing!”, enthused Ms Angeline Lue, the Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing.

“The bean bag adapts to one’s body shape, so participants can sit comfortably during meetings. And with the bean bags’ funky colours, the meeting atmosphere will definitely lightened,” added Ms Lue.

The Centre’s TenOnCall Beanie Experience is enhanced with takeaway lattes, cappuccino, coffee or tea, and complimentary Bean-ovation value-adds such as titbits, energy booster drinks and energy bars, comfy slippers and a stress ball, and are extensions of the Centre’s TenOnCall hallmarks of free-flow lifestyle cuisine, audio-visual and presentation equipment, technician on standby and signage.

And if one fancies a bean bag to just lounge in during one’s day at the Centre, they are available for rent at RM20++ (USD$6++) a day!

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Expands Portfolio With Additions In Colorado, Missouri & Virginia

… New Options In West, Midwest, and East Regions of USA

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2013) – The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood (Denver), Colorado, the brand new Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, and the historic The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, have been accepted as the newest members of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Immediately, the ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales force throughout North America will now provide authorized and dedicated GSO services and sales support to planners and organizations seeking distinctive venues for their meetings and programs.

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center becomes ALHI’s third member in Colorado, joining the renowned The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, and the acclaimed Keystone Resort & Conference Center in Keystone. In addition to becoming a new offering in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio of 140+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts, The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center expands the “ALHI Golf Collection” and the “ALHI Mountain Collection” specialty segments.

Located on a lush 18-hole championship golf course, with a breathtaking backdrop of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains, The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center is a AAA Four-Diamond, contemporary suburban conference hotel with superb accommodations and amenities. The sophisticated hotel features 302 richly appointed guest rooms and suites, 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event and meeting space, a full-service spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor swimming, tennis, and five restaurants and lounges. Conveniently located near the Denver Tech Center and world-class shopping and dining, the hotel is just 20 minutes from downtown Denver, and 35 minutes from Denver International Airport.

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, which is slated to open in Kansas City, Missouri in November 2013, becomes ALHI’s only member hotel in Missouri, and newest offering in ALHI’s “U-200 Gems Collection” (consisting of ALHI’s member hotels and resorts that feature fewer than 200 rooms) and “City Solutions Collection” specialty segments.

The 132-room Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza will blend timeless elements of classic design with Mediterranean influences. The new luxury hotel will be an ideal fit for Country Club Plaza, which was developed in 1922 and was inspired by the architecture and ambiance of Seville, Spain. Considered to be the country’s first automobile-oriented shopping center, it serves as a mixed-use collection of high-end retail, restaurants, residences and offices. The hotel is being developed with the intention of creating the premier hotel in the Kansas City market. The property will have approximately 7,000 square feet of interior meeting space, perfect for board meetings, large corporate meetings, and weddings. Property highlights will include 5,700 square feet of flexible meeting and pre-function space, high-tech amenities, a 1,000-square-foot pool terrace, and 4,000 square feet of sophisticated restaurant and bar offerings. Country Club Plaza features more than 150 shops, dozens of fine restaurants, and a year-round calendar of music and special events. The hotel will be just 30 minutes from Kansas City International Airport.

The Homestead, which is nearing completion of a multifaceted $25 million renovation and has reunited with ALHI as its GSO, becomes ALHI’s fourth Virginia member within the portfolio, joining the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, and the luxurious Lansdowne Resort and the elegant Salamander Resort & Spa, opening in August 2013 in Middleburg, both in the suburban Washington, D.C. area. In addition to becoming a new offering in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, The Homestead also becomes a new offering in the “ALHI Golf Collection,” the “ALHI Historic Collection,” and the “ALHI Mountain Collection” specialty segments.

Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of western Virginia, The Homestead has been hosting successful meetings for more than 200 years. This incredible 3,000-acre retreat offers 483 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, which includes 88 suites. Among the unique accommodations are five Presidential Suites, which pay homage to the many U.S. presidents who have stayed at the resort. Featuring 72,000 square feet of flexible function space, the resort also offers two championship golf courses, a world-class spa, a two-acre pool complex with water slides and a lazy river, natural hot springs, a 48-stable Equestrian Center, a Shooting Club, the South’s first downhill ski area, fly fishing, canoeing, tennis, archery, hiking, winter sports, a variety of restaurants, and over 20 unique shops. The resort is within driving distance of many metropolitan centers throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and is 20 minutes from Bath County Airport, and 90 minutes from Roanoke Regional Airport.

“The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza, and The Homestead are outstanding additions to ALHI’s portfolio,” said ALHI President & CEO David Gabri. “The Inverness and The Homestead feature picturesque mountain settings, terrific golf, and first-class meeting facilities, and are both great choices for groups. Hotel Sorella will be a true gem, with a great location and exceptional facilities, in Kansas City. We are very proud to offer these newest members of our portfolio as distinctive choices in the East, Midwest and West, to planners for their upcoming programs.”

Meeting professionals have chosen ALHI (www.alhi.com) for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.

Member hotels include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality 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 list of ALHI’s entire portfolio, visit ALHI’s website www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, including easily useful information on 10 defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio to serve distinctive meeting, convention and incentive travel needs. 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 17 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Northern California, Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, Savannah, Southern California, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). Go to www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI member properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2012-2013 Global Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.