Monthly Archives: December 2014

Another first for IMEX as staff delight at receiving Site’s Richard Ross Award

Staff from IMEX, led by Managing Director Paul Flackett, were delighted to receive the 2014 Richard Ross Past Presidents’ Award during the Site Global Conference in Rotterdam recently. The presentation marked the first time the award has been presented to an organisation rather than an individual.

The Richard Ross Past Presidents’ Award recognises outstanding service to the incentive travel industry. It was created in memory of SITE Past President and long-time member Richard Ross, who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. The award also shines a spotlight on a recipient who has “furthered the vision, ideals and ethics of SITE”.

In making the presentation to Flackett and the IMEX team, Louise Hall Reider, CITE, Chair of the SITE Past Presidents Council said: “It was thrilling on behalf of all the Past Presidents of SITE to present the 2014 Richard Ross Award to IMEX – an organisation icon in our business, and the first-ever organisation to be recognised with this well-deserved honour.  This distinction applauds their notable contributions and long-term service to the incentive travel industry, for which we are all exceedingly grateful!”

The Past Presidents of the SITE International Board of Directors agreed with the nominator remarks about IMEX, which described how “they changed the face of the meetings and incentive exhibition industry when they created and implemented the concept of the hosted buyer programme. This innovation changed the way business shows were organised and run…more importantly, they have achieved success with integrity, honesty and faith in others.”

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, “It is a great honour for IMEX to receive the Richard Ross Award from Site. We are extremely grateful to be recognised in this way by the industry and it is first and foremost a great testament to the IMEX team.”

Both organisations share a long history of working in partnership for the long-term development of the incentive travel industry. Flackett has been a Site member since 1988 and served as President of SITE International in 1995 and as SITE Foundation President in 2002. Bloom served on the Board of Trustees for the Site Foundation from 1993 – 1999 and, more recently, as Treasurer for the SITE Foundation. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, is a current Trustee for the Site Foundation.

When the industry duo launched the IMEX trade show in Frankfurt, in 2002, Site was one of the first associations they turned to for industry feedback and support.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Expands Options For Planners With The Addition Of Utah’s Montage Deer Valley

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Montage Deer Valley in picturesque Park City, Utah has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) now represents the elegant mountainside resort to meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings and/or incentive programs at the resort. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

Occupying an incredible location atop scenic Empire Pass, Montage Deer Valley provides inspiring views of the mountains and valleys. Reminiscent of the great mountain lodges of the past, the resort features 154 spacious guest rooms and 66 luxurious suites which each feature a private balcony or patio, and over 55,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event facilities in a stunning mountain setting.

In addition, the year-round resort offers an array of recreational options, including:  true ski-in/ski-out access to America’s No. 1 ski resort (ranked by the readers of “Ski Magazine” 2008-2013), the 35,000-square-foot Spa Montage, a fitness center with scheduled classes, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor heated pool, and an activities program. In addition, winter recreational options include ice skating, snowmobiling, a bobsled course, and sleigh rides. Recreational options in the spring, summer, and fall include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, kayaking, and rafting.

Guests also can enjoy four dining options and 24-hour room service, and can select from a variety of nearby world-class golf courses. The resort is less than five minutes from Park City’s celebrated Main Street, and is just 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).

Montage Deer Valley becomes ALHI’s third Utah option in its worldwide portfolio, joining the luxurious European-style AAA Five-Diamond The Grand America Hotel, which provides breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, as well as 75,000 square feet of gorgeous meeting space in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City; and the complementary AAA Four-Diamond and adjacent The Little America Hotel, providing 850 guest rooms with 26,000 square feet of meeting space in Salt Lake City’s business, cultural, and entertainment center. All are served by nearby Salt Lake City International Airport, only minutes away.

In addition to its Membership within ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, Montage Deer Valley also becomes the newest option in “ALHI’s Mountain Resort Collection” specialty segment, which now offers 28 Four- and Five-Diamond options with inspiring mountain views.

“Located in the incredibly beautiful Deer Valley Resort area of Park City, Montage Deer Valley is an incredibly appealing choice for meetings and incentive/recognition programs year-round,” said Schultenover. “The awe-inspiring mountain setting really motivates attendees. It is a wonderful ‘gem’ of a resort that offers so much to groups. We are excited to share its marvelous attributes and activities with planners through our GSO team throughout America and Canada.”

ALHI (www.alhi.com) represents more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality member hotels and resorts designed for meetings, plus select meeting and incentive travel destinations and services to meeting professionals, association executives, incentive specialists, and business executives wishing to conduct meetings or programs at one or more of the ALHI Member properties. With its recent launch of “ALHI Global Luxury Alliance” Memberships, ALHI now has Members that can benefit planners with their meeting & incentive (M&I) programs in over 75 countries and destinations worldwide, in addition to its extraordinary portfolio of hotels and resorts throughout the U.S.A.  Collectively, the ALHI portfolio serves Accounts with over 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of meeting space; 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for the M&I market; qualified DMC (Destination Management Company) operations for program support in over 100 destinations, including 65 global markets; and its new Member, the Bermuda Tourism Authority with several island resorts. The ALHI sales team is prepared to discuss which best fits planners’ objectives and budgets, and share vital details to make their programs better.

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.

For ALHI’s entire 2015 portfolio and “Meeting Facilities Guide,” contact your local ALHI GSO office for your free copy. For an immediate portfolio listing visit ALHI’s website www.alhi.com, and preview details of ALHI’s membership, and easily useful information on the 12 defined specialty segments within the ALHI portfolio. 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 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 the 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 .