…New Alliance to Consist of Strategic Global Companies & Service Providers for ALHI to Assist Planners & Their Programs
WASHINGTON, DC (October 2014) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has launched ALHI Global Luxury Alliance (GLA) as a strategic Global resource addition to the extensive luxury-level portfolio it has served throughout North America for nearly 30 years. The Global Luxury Alliance enables ALHI to better serve valued meeting professionals, incentive specialists, association executives, convention planners, and business executives managing meetings and programs beyond North America. ALHI’s Global Luxury Alliance is designed to provide luxury-level meeting and incentive hotels, resorts, cruise lines, DMC (Destination Management Company), DMO (Destination Management Organization), and similar upper-tier and luxury-level service providers, specifically poised to augment ALHI’s distinguished Membership portfolio of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts throughout North America and in the Caribbean.
Global DMC Partners:
ALHI’s First Global Luxury Alliance Member,
Expanding ALHI’s Global Markets Reach
The inaugural Member of the new ALHI Global Luxury Alliance is Global DMC Partners (GDP), which is a partnership of Destination Management Companies serving over 100 destinations worldwide, which includes over 50 global DMCs, and 65 global markets outside of the U.S. The announcement was made by ALHI CEO David Gabri. Additional new Member announcements are pending, and expected to be added to the Alliance in the near future.
“We are launching ALHI’s Global Luxury Alliance to further support ALHI’s goal to be the very best Global Sales resource and provider to the North American Accounts we are privileged to serve,” said Gabri. “Through this strategic Alliance, ALHI intends to maximize efficiency, advocacy, and support for meeting professionals and their organizations with their M.I.C.E. programs worldwide, as we have done for years with our extensive portfolio throughout North America, now including those programs requiring venues and destination support for programs outside of North America. Meeting professionals and executives can depend on ALHI and our GSO team to provide expert insight, service, and reliable connectivity in the most desirable meeting and incentive destinations worldwide,” said Gabri.
Gabri continued, “Each Member of this Alliance shares an affinity for quality, a passion for superior service, and strong core values, which are some of the key characteristics which ALHI has become recognized for since 1986. Our mutual goals are for the success of the organizations we serve.”
“We are very proud to announce the launch of Global Luxury Alliance, and also the first Member to join ALHI in this strategic Alliance: Global DMC Partners,” said ALHI President Jim Schultenover. “With this Global Alliance, we are now able to assist our meeting professional and incentive specialist clients with their programs in an impressive 76 markets around the world, in addition to the many outstanding options we provide in the U.S.A. It is another ALHI service to help North American planners with their global program needs.”
“To paint the picture of this new Global Luxury Alliance, and its many benefits, it can be helpful to look at the example of Delta Air Lines’ SkyTeam Alliance, which has grown to now consisting of 20 ‘member airlines’ that provide service to over 1,000 destinations,” said Gabri. “Together they make it possible and much easier to travel the world. With this new ALHI Global Luxury Alliance, we are partnering with high-quality meetings- and incentive-focused hotel and resort companies, destinations, DMO’s, and organizations, to best serve North American planners and executives with their global programs.”
Global DMC Partners (GDP) is a global network of Destination Management Companies that support planners’ programs worldwide. GDP provides DMC worldwide support to over 100 destinations, in 65 global markets, plus in the United States. GDP’s DMCs are hand-picked for their longevity (of at least five years in the industry); financial stability (with a minimum of two bank references); proven performance (with three or more client endorsements); protection (with a minimum of $2 million in liability insurance); leadership (with involvement in industry organizations); and extensive local knowledge (as experts in their destinations). Global DMC Partners is the chosen global Destination Management Company (DMC) of the new ALHI Global Luxury Alliance.
ALHI can now extend its service to executives and planners with GDP’s prestigious group of DMCs which can assist with a range of services, including coordinating transportation, teambuilding, dine-arounds, tours, unique off-site venues, catering services, entertainment, décor, themes, spouse programs, translation services, VIP meet & greets, community give-back programs, and program logistics.
Global DMC Partners President Catherine Chaulet, who is based in Boston, said, “Our shared vision and commitment to core values, such as the dedication to service excellence, is the basis of the Alliance. We look forward to working with the professionals at ALHI to service Accounts by providing them expertise and ease of access to the best DMCs worldwide.”
“Aligning with GDP was a logical choice for ALHI, since we are broadening our global distribution and destinations for the valued Accounts we serve,” said Gabri. “We were seeking quality and reliability first and they maintain the same very high standards of quality that we at ALHI do. GDP’s responsiveness to our Accounts’ requests — combined with an outstanding DMC partner network that possess extensive and impressive local knowledge, expertise and resources — is truly valuable to planners coordinating meetings and programs both inside and outside of North America. When working with ALHI and our Alliance partners, we will connect planners with additional experts with a dedicated DMC Advisor here in North America, who can help anticipate the planner’s needs for their programs, and provide incremental strategic insight, and be available for creative brainstorming with local destination intelligence, and DMC assistance.”
Global DMC Partners CEO James Hensley, headquartered in Paris, added, “Global DMC Partners is honored and delighted to be the first member of ALHI Global Luxury Alliance and work together with the ALHI team. This Alliance is a real plus for the Accounts we both serve in America and around the world.”
The ALHI Global Luxury Alliance extends the impressive portfolio of hotels, resorts and services provided by ALHI to the North America M.I.C.E. marketplace. For nearly 30 years ALHI has provided reliable one-call professional Global Sales services and support for its Membership of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts to corporate and association meeting professionals and incentive buyers in North America. ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment. ALHI’s portfolio features over 115,000 rooms and suites and 10 million square feet of meeting space.
There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO and ALHI Global Luxury Alliance services, expertise, and account advocacy for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500, as members’ dues fund the organizations to best serve planners with local and dedicated professionals.
For a list of ALHI’s portfolio, visit www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s Membership, including useful information on 12 defined “specialty segments” within the portfolio, which are designed to make it easy for planners to identify properties, destinations, venues, and/or ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires and specific needs.
On the ALHI 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 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), 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 new “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide,” or the new ALHI app, 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 …
For more information about ALHI’s Global Luxury Alliance, or to inquire about any of its services, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales professional.