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ALHI Increases “Elite Retreats Collection” Options with Addition of Resorts in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Hilton Head, South Carolina

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its worldwide portfolio and “Elite Retreats Collection” options with the addition of the luxurious 123-villa Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and the acclaimed, 60-room The Inn & Club at Harbour Town at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. In addition to becoming the newest members in ALHI’s global portfolio, the resorts also are new options in its luxury brand collection that consists of member hotels and resorts which specialize in exclusive gatherings and have fewer than 200 rooms, according to ALHI’s Chief Sales Officer Mark Sergot.

ALHI Global Luxury Sales now represents the resorts to the Meetings & Incentive marketplace in North America and Europe. ALHI’s portfolio features more than 250 luxury and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and which specialize in hosting meetings, conventions and/or incentive programs.

With the additions, ALHI’s “Elite Retreats Collection” now offers 60 distinctive hotel and resort options, which includes 21 exceptional choices in North America and 25 outstanding options in Europe. In addition to their membership in that luxury brand collection, the two resorts also are new options in the “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” and “ALHI Golf Collection.”

Located in the most exclusive enclave of Mexico’s renowned Riviera Maya region, along the pristine Caribbean coastline, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is an idyllic sanctuary that blends Asian culture with Mexican warmth. Featuring 123 luxury villas, ranging in size from 3,000 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet, the beautiful resort also offers 14 indoor and outdoor function spaces, including inspiring beachside venues, sunset-looking terraces and state-of-the-art ballrooms and meeting rooms. Additionally, the resort features the lush oceanfront El Camaleon PGA golf course, the world-class Banyan Tree Spa, the Sands Beach Club, a fitness center, four tennis courts, a nature trail, an art gallery and a wide range of superb dining options. Nestled within the private gated development of Mayakoba, the resort is just 30 miles (40 minutes) from Cancun International Airport (CUN), and 18 minutes from the charming town of Playa del Carmen.

Spanning the southern third of Hilton Head Island, and located along 5,000 oceanfront acres, The Sea Pines Resort has been a quiet and award-winning retreat for more than 50 years. Recognized as the #1 Hotel on Hilton Head Island by TripAdvisor, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town at The Sea Pines Resort offers 60 elegant guest rooms and is recipient of the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating and Forbes Four-Star Award. Among the many offerings at The Sea Pines Resort are 20,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, an array of beautiful outdoor venue options, and three golf courses (the highly acclaimed Heron Point by Pete Dye, the exceptional new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, and Harbour Town Golf Links). In addition, the distinguished resort features The Sea Pines Racquet Club with 21 clay tennis courts, a full-service marina, five miles of pristine beach, a beach club, and many dining options. The resort is just 15 minutes from Hilton Head Island Airport, and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is 45 minutes away in Savannah, Georgia.

“We are very proud to add these outstanding resorts to our global portfolio, and to our ‘Elite Retreats Collection,’ ‘Golf Collection’ and ‘Beach & Island’ luxury brand collections,” said Sergot. “Both resorts are exceptional choices for smaller meetings, board meetings and incentive travel programs, as they each feature truly beautiful settings and so many terrific recreational options. We look forward to showcasing these resorts and their outstanding offerings to meeting professionals and incentive specialists in North America and Europe.”

In addition to these newest members, ALHI’s “Elite Retreats Collection” includes such exceptional options as Western Colorado’s celebrated 72-room Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa; Northwest Florida’s new 170-room The Henderson; Charleston, South Carolina’s grand new 179-room Hotel Bennett (opening this summer); Northeast Florida’s 66-room oceanfront The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach; California’s world-famous, 161-room The Lodge at Pebble Beach; and downtown Seattle’s luxurious Loews Hotel 1000. Other distinguished choices include the elegant One Ocean Resort & Spa in Northeast Florida; the Four-Star, 153-room Pan Pacific Seattle; the 340-acre Salamander Resort & Spa in the Virginia horse and wine country; Colorado’s hip, 107-room The Sebastian Vail; Southern California’s stunning 167-room Surf & Sand Resort; the Forbes Four-Star The Chateaux Deer Valley in Park City, Utah; Kansas City, Missouri’s all-new, 132-room The Fontaine Hotel; and Orlando’s 146-room The Villas of Grand Cypress, offering an array of recreational options.

For more information about ALHI and/or its member hotels and resorts, contact your nearest of the 24 ALHI Global Sales offices in the United States, Canada, London and now Frankfurt, Germany. For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI Team” Global Sales professionals in your area. Or, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free in the U.S. at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com .

About ALHI, with 250 Hotels & Resorts + 23 Cruise Ships and DMCs

ALHI, established in 1986, is the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, providing one-call access for its distinguished membership. Hired and authorized by member properties, ALHI features a distinctive portfolio of exquisite resorts, luxurious city center business hotels, historic grand landmark hotels, lifestyle hotels, boutique hotels, 23 luxury cruise ships, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in more than 100 locations worldwide. ALHI’s 24 Global Sales offices in North America and Europe provide extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide. alhi.com

Annual statistics: 2017 the most successful year to date for convention business in Berlin

Net value added generated by the conference and congress market exceeds 1 billion euro for the first time

Number of overnight stays at hotels rises to around 8 million

Constant growth in attendance figures and events

Congress business in Berlin remains on course for success: in 2017, around 11.7 million participants (+ 1 per cent compared to 2016) came to 140,200 events (+ 2 per cent) in Berlin. For the first time, the conference and congress market generated a net value added of more than one billion euro. These figures come from the current congress statistics* of the Berlin Convention Office of visitBerlin.

“Congress business is an important economic factor for Berlin,” says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. “Internationally, our city is among the top group – and as yet demand has remained unbroken. In order to maintain this success, we must continue to create attractive offers in Berlin.”

The number of overnight stays rose to 7.9 million last year, an increase of 2.6 per cent compared to 2016. A quarter of all overnight stays at hotels in Berlin can thus be attributed to the congress business.

Every fourth event is a medical congress

Berlin is a sought-after location for medical events: more than a quarter of all conferences and congresses can be attributed to the sector “Medical, Pharmaceuticals and Health Science”. This is followed by the sectors “IT/Digital Economy” and “Politics/Public Institution” with eleven per cent each. Germany remains the most important market for Berlin, Great Britain and the USA/Canada, follow in second and third place.

The congress industry secures more than 43,000 jobs

The total turnover of the conference and congress industry amounts to 2.51 billion euro. Participants staying overnight spend considerably more money with 246 euro per day than in the previous year (2016: 237 euro). 43,200 full-time jobs are secured by the conference and convention business in Berlin (2016: 41,500).

For more information on Berlin, go to convention. visitBerlin. com.

*Source: Congress statistics in 2017 from the independent market research company ghh consult GmbH on behalf of visitBerlin.