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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Expands Caribbean Options with its First Member in Cuba and a Legendary Hotel in Puerto Rico

 Cuba’s First New 5-Star Hotel Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana and Puerto Rico’s Newly Renovated El San Juan Hotel Accepted into ALHI

ORLANDO, FL (June 2017) – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the Meetings & Incentive marketplace, has expanded its Caribbean options with the recent addition of two luxurious hotels to its distinguished membership portfolio. The new 5-Star-quality Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which just opened in Havana, Cuba in early June, is ALHI’s first member in Cuba. The legendary El San Juan Hotel becomes ALHI’s second option in San Juan, Puerto Rico, joining the oceanfront 319-room Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in the ALHI portfolio. In addition, ALHI also can now coordinate meetings and incentive programs on luxury cruises to Cuba, through its Global Luxury Alliance members Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The announcement was made by Mark Sergot, Chief Sales Officer of ALHI.

With the new additions, ALHI now offers an unmatched collection of luxury-level, meeting- and incentive-focused hotels and resorts in the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean region, with 29 hotels and resorts in 12 countries and territories. ALHI’s worldwide portfolio features more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and which specialize in serving the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions/Conferences and Exhibitions/Events (M.I.C.E.) marketplace.

“We added these two outstanding hotels to our distinguished portfolio in response to the demand we’ve been experiencing for luxury-level meeting and incentive options in the Caribbean region,” added Sergot. “Beautiful San Juan continues to be a very popular choice for groups, and Cuba is an exciting new option for planners to consider. Now, planners have the terrific option of the newly renovated El San Juan Hotel or the exceptional Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, and a luxurious stay in, or cruise to, Cuba. We look forward to showcasing these terrific new members to the meeting and incentive marketplace.”

Originally built between 1894 and 1917 as the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba, the modern and exclusive Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana just opened in Havana, Cuba in early June following an extensive renovation. Located within the famous and historic Manzana de Gomez building in the heart of old Havana, the hotel features 246 large and luxurious rooms and suites, and 2,852 square feet of meeting space. Providing a direct view of the Capitol and the Great Theatre of Havana amidst UNESCO World Heritage sites, the hotel also features Spa Albear by Resense, a rooftop terrace and swimming pool, three restaurants, lobby bar, cigar lounge, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour concierge service, a business center, and 24-hour in-room dining. The hotel is just 10 minutes from the famous Castillo del Morro, and only 30 minutes from Havana Jose Marti International Airport.

The legendary and landmark El San Juan Hotel sits on the longest stretch of white-sand beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Originally opened in 1958 the hotel became known for world-class entertainment and culinary experiences. After a $60 million property-wide transformation, which was completed in February 2017, the elegant hotel now offers 388 newly remodeled guest rooms and suites, and more than 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Venues include the Grand Ballroom and Terrace with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, the hotel features nine restaurants, four pools, a spa, a fitness center, and new shops. Located directly on the beach in San Juan’s Isla Verde district, the hotel is just five minutes from San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, and 15 minutes from the historic attractions of Old San Juan.

ALHI’s Global Luxury Alliance partnership includes 23 luxury cruise ships (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises) appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, with ports of call in exciting destinations around the world. As of this Spring, the destination options now include Cuba’s capital Havana. Groups and guests sailing on all three brands have a selection of shore excursions from which to choose, all of which offer an authentic Cuban experience that explores the people, art, history and culture of the island, which are in compliance with OFAC regulations.

For more information about ALHI, any of its member hotels and resorts or Global Luxury Alliance members worldwide, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office. For specific contacts, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” 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 + Alliance Members

ALHI, established in 1986, is the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, providing one-call local access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. Hired and authorized by member properties, ALHI features a distinguished portfolio of exquisite resorts, luxury-level city center business hotels, historic grand landmark hotels, lifestyle hotels, and boutique hotels. ALHI’s portfolio also features a Global Luxury Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide. ALHI offers 21 Global Sales offices in the U.S., Canada and now London, providing extensive Global Sales services, valuable expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy for meetings and incentive programs of any size and scope worldwide, at no cost to accounts. alhi.com.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Joins Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

 

 The AAA Four-Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Located just minutes from Central Florida’s famous attractions and world-class international airport, the 769-room resort is now served by the ALHI Global Sales Organization to the North American Meetings & Incentives (M&I) marketplace, according to ALHI CEO David Gabri.

Surrounded by 36 holes of Greg Norman-designed championship golf, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate also features 15 acres of pools and recreation (which includes a lazy river), the signature 10,000-square-foot Mokara Spa, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, a full-service fitness center, a 9-hole golf course, a comprehensive sports training complex, tennis, and seven restaurants and lounges. The resort’s 128,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space is highlighted by three ballrooms:  the 28,800-square-foot Osceola, the 25,000-square-foot National, and the 20,000-square-foot International. The resort features a total of 48 meeting rooms, as well as 70,000 square feet of outdoor event space, a 24-hour self-automated business center, and complimentary wireless Internet in the guest rooms and lobby. Plus, in 2017 the resort is undergoing a $40 million expansion, which will include 93 new guest rooms, new meeting and event space, another restaurant, and a resort wave pool. The resort is located just 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport and six miles from the Walt Disney World® Resort.

“Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is a remarkable resort, with a truly lush setting and so much to offer to groups,” said Gabri. “Add in its convenient access to the Walt Disney World® Resort, and its impressive new offerings, and we are very proud to showcase this extraordinary resort to groups across North America.”

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate becomes ALHI’s 24th luxury hotel/resort in Florida, joining such other Central Florida members as:  the tropical, 1,000-room Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®, offering 132,000 square feet of meeting space; the all-new and connected to Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando®, featuring 1,000 guest rooms and 114,000 square feet of meeting space, for the combination of 2,000 rooms and 246,000 square feet of meeting space; plus, the elegant 750-room Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando®, reminiscent of a beautiful Mediterranean seaside resort.

ALHI’s distinguished Central Florida portfolio also features:  the stunning and popular Rosen Shingle Creek, with 1,501 guest rooms and 490,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, and exceptional onsite golf among the 230-acre resort; Orlando’s luxurious 146-room The Villas of Grand Cypress, with their world-renowned golf and boasting a newly renovated executive meeting center; St. Pete Beach’s renowned “Pink Palace,” the beachfront 277-room Loews Don CeSar Hotel; the picturesque, sophisticated, award-winning and inspiring Streamsong Resort, offering 228 guest rooms and two outstanding golf courses ranked in America’s top 15; and Tampa’s popular 800-room Saddlebrook Resort, a self-contained destination with on-site golf, tennis, spa, fishing, and 95,000 square feet of meeting space.

In addition to joining ALHI’s distinguished portfolio of AAA Four- and Five-Diamond-quality M&I-focused hotels and resorts, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate also becomes the newest option in ALHI’s “Big Box” luxury brand segment. With this latest addition, ALHI’s “Big Box” collection now features 26 exceptional supersized hotels and resorts, which each feature a minimum of 500 guest rooms and/or suites, at least 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and one or more ballrooms of 20,000 square feet or more.

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. The membership-based, dues-funded ALHI GSO has been serving its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe for over 30 years. Providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, ALHI provides valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s new “2017 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com .

ALHI Global Sales offices are located 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Adds Its First Hotel Member In Maine

. . . The Dramatically Transformed Oceanfront Cliff House Maine, Joins ALHI Worldwide Collection

Cliff House Maine, which reopened in August following the completion of the first phase of an impressive $40 million transformation, has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The newly chic 132-room oceanfront resort, which welcomed its first guests in 1872, is ALHI’s first and only Member hotel in Maine. Located in southern Maine, the year-round resort is only an hour’s drive north of Boston and a 40-minute drive from Portland, Maine as major gateways. The resort has now selected ALHI to provide Global Sales Organization (GSO) sales services to the North American M.I.C.E. (meetings, incentives, conferences/conventions, and exhibitions) marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover. The resort is managed by Destination Hotels.

ALHI, the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive (M&I) marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. The member dues-funded ALHI GSO has been serving its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe for over 30 years.

Cliff House Maine becomes ALHI’s ninth Member in New England, joining the impressive 1,175-room Mohegan Sun, offering 100,000 square feet of meeting space in Uncasville, Connecticut; the 2,230-room Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut; downtown Boston’s elegant The Langham, Boston, blending historic charm and urban sophistication; the highly acclaimed 428-room Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on Boston’s historic waterfront; and situated along Boston Harbor’s edge the contemporary 424-room InterContinental Boston. ALHI also provides GSO sales services for the AAA Four-Diamond Royal Sonesta Boston, located on the banks of the scenic Charles River; Cape Cod’s exceptional and stylish 429-acre Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club; and Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge, located at the base of Mount Mansfield in the quintessential New England town of Stowe.

Nestled among 70 lush acres atop picturesque Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, Cliff House Maine will reopen its doors on August 21, 2016 following the first phase of a large-scale $40 million revitalization. Featuring a magnificent setting, the luxurious year-round coastal resort will provide to groups and guests a completely new and enhanced experience. Providing breathtaking views, the resort will initially feature 132 stylish redesigned guest rooms and suites with glass terraces and ocean views, and 25,000 square feet of new and flexible function space. Groups can choose from a selection of 10 unique meeting spaces (including the expansive Atlantic Ballroom), many offering ocean views, that include complimentary Wi-Fi, and expert audiovisual services. Additional offerings at the resort include a 9,000-square-foot luxury spa (opening in September 2016); a 150-seat state-of-the-art amphitheater; an 18-hole semi-private golf course adjacent to the property; the signature restaurant The Tiller; and a classic Maine lobster shack (opening in September 2016). Tennis, hiking, biking, sea kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and helicopter tours of the lighthouse and coastlines are among the many activities available to guests and groups.

For the second phase of the transformation the resort will expand further with additional guest rooms and an adults-only pool. This phase, which will bring the total rooms to over 225 rooms and suites, is slated for completion in July 2017. Cliff House Maine, which overlooks Nubble Lighthouse, is located in Cape Neddick, Maine, just minutes from Ogunquit’s sandy beach, and is just over an hour north of Boston. Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Maine is 37 miles away, Manchester Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire is 62 miles away, and Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) is 70 miles south.

In addition to becoming a new Member in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, Cliff House Maine becomes the newest option in the “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection,” “ALHI Historic Collection,” “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” and “ALHI Golf Collection” luxury brand segments.

ALHI (alhi.com) is a membership-based, dues-funded Global Sales Organization, providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, while providing valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com . ALHI Global Sales offices are located 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Celebrates The Grand Opening Of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando® With The Presentation Of The Resort’s ALHI Member Plaque

In celebration of the July 14, 2016 grand opening of the brand new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando®, the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization commemorated the occasion with the presentation of the resort’s ALHI Member Plaque to the resort’s executive leadership team. ALHI President Jim Schultenover (right) is seen here presenting the plaque to (from left):  Barb Bowden, Complex Managing Director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort; Vince LaRuffa, Vice President, Resort Sales & Marketing at Universal Orlando® Resort; Larry Beiderman, Complex General Manager for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort; and Kathy Cattoor, Vice President, Resort Sales at Universal Orlando® Resort.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts worldwide, which includes Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics, the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers 1,000 guest rooms and 115,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. This includes a 41,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into 12 sections, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of pre-function space, and 11,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped outdoor function space. Plus, event space also is available at Universal Orlando’s two spectacular theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, as well as Universal CityWalk®. Additional offerings at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort include four restaurants and lounges, a resort-style pool with two sand beaches and cascading waterfalls, a complimentary fitness center, and free wireless high-speed Internet access. The resort beautifully complements its adjacent and recently renovated sister resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®. When combined, the two properties offer 2,000 guest rooms and 247,000 square feet of meeting space.

In addition to the 250 luxury-level Member hotels and resorts, ALHI’s distinguished portfolio includes 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for Meetings & Incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of meeting, convention and incentive program solutions around the globe.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or 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 alhi.com .

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Opens

The 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has opened at Universal Orlando, along with a new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

The Caribbean-themed hotel’s 115,000 square feet of meeting space will open this fall and includes a 41,000-square-foot ballroom, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of prefunction space and 16,000 square-feet of outdoor event space. Other amenities include a pool with a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit. The pool is surrounded by two sand beaches, a waterfall and a lush lagoon, where guests can pick up water taxis to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and CityWalk. Among the on-property dining outlets are Amatista Cookhouse, Strong Water Tavern and Drhum Club Kantine.

Universal’s new Skull Island mega attraction, according to the company’s description, transports guests “deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain.

 

By Lisa A. Grimaldi; originally published on http://www.meetings-conventions.com/

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Augments Portfolio in Atlanta, Georgia: InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Joins Collection

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta has been accepted into the distinguished portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Located in the heart of the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, the sophisticated AAA Four-Diamond hotel features 422 elegant guest rooms and suites, and more than 31,000 square feet of meeting and event space. This exceptional Meetings & Incentive hotel is now represented by ALHI to the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta becomes ALHI’s fifth Member hotel in Georgia, and the second in Atlanta within the two most popular areas of the city, by joining the luxurious 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta’s fashionable Midtown district. ALHI’s portfolio also features Braselton, Georgia’s award-winning and recently expanded Chateau Élan in the picturesque North Georgia foothills, just outside of Atlanta’s beltway. While along the Georgia coast of Sea Island is the Forbes Five-Star The Cloister at Sea Island, plus the acclaimed, AAA Five-Diamond The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club; all outstanding venues for meetings of all types.

Ideally located just steps from the world-class dining and shopping of Buckhead, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta offers access to signature-area offerings such as the upscale Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square, Turner Field, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Studio Tour, Georgia Dome, and Philips Arena. The hotel’s 31,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space includes the extraordinary 12,000-square-foot Windsor Ballroom, which features lavish décor and versatile space, and which can accommodate up to 850 for a sit-down dinner or 1,500 theatre-style. The lush Venetian Ballroom Terrace is another appealing option. Additional offerings at the 422-room contemporary hotel include the full-service SPA InterContinental, the award-winning Southern Art restaurant by celebrity chef Art Smith, a complimentary state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness center overlooking famed Peachtree Road, a heated saltwater outdoor pool, a grand lobby, and the popular Bourbon Bar. The hotel is just 14 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“We are very pleased to expand our ALHI options in Atlanta to serve the incredible demand for meetings and conventions that we receive for the city,” said Schultenover. “In addition to its terrific location in upscale Buckhead, this hotel is widely acclaimed for consistently providing a high level of service, and for its very friendly Southern hospitality. It is another great venue in Atlanta for the accounts we serve.”

In addition to becoming a new Member in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta becomes the newest option in the “ALHI City Solutions Collection” luxury brand segment, which now features 56 of the best and brightest luxury-level city hotels in distinctive metropolitan areas around the world.

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive (M&I) marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

ALHI is a membership-based, dues-funded Global Sales Organization, providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, while providing valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com . ALHI Global Sales offices are located 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

Luxury-Level Hotel Supply Expanding In The Meeting & Incentive Marketplace

 

. . . The Trend Is Reflected with the Opening of 5 New Hotels In Associated Luxury Hotels International’s Portfolio

The continued growth in demand for face-to-face meetings, convention spaces and accommodations continues to be evident in today’s marketplace. Hotel occupancies are projected to reach record levels in 2016, and likely will remain at elevated levels before slowly receding as new supply eventually grows faster than demand. Luxury-level hotels and resorts are experiencing all-time highs in terms of occupancy, and demand for future meetings will continue to grow at a faster pace in the luxury sector than new supply. In a nutshell, inventory compression in the Meeting & Incentive (M&I) marketplace will likely to continue to build through 2019.

Even so, meeting, incentive and convention professionals will see additional exciting options as new inventory is starting to become available. This trend is reflected in the Membership of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), which has five hotels which just opened or will soon open.

“There are a number of market dynamics that continue to reinforce the importance of Meetings, Incentives and Conventions to Four- and Five-Star properties,” said ALHI President Jim Schultenover. “First, the opening of several exceptional new M&I-focused hotels and resorts. Second, several of our other ALHI Member hotels and resorts have recently expanded, or are expanding, their own meeting space and/or accommodations to meet the demand. And finally, many Members are increasing their group business because of the total value a Meeting, Incentive Program or Convention provides.”

“We are thrilled to be working with these exciting new properties which complement our existing unique and authentic Member hotels and resorts,” said Schultenover.

Among ALHI’s Membership of 250+ luxury-level member hotels and resorts which specifically serve the North American M&I marketplace, are these newly opened or soon-to-open hotels:

  • San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, which just reopened in Venice, Italy in March. Located on the picturesque 17-acre private island of San Clemente, this elegant and palatial hotel features 190 majestically appointed guest rooms and suites, many of them with panoramic views of the Lagoon and Venice, and others overlooking the park and island’s lush gardens. Featuring truly inspirational surroundings, the private island retreat also offers 9,000 square feet of meeting space, beautiful public areas, large courtyards, a spa, fitness center, historic monastery buildings, and a historic church dating back to the 12th century. The hotel is just a 10-minute complimentary boat ride to Venice’s famous St. Mark’s Square, and is only 6 miles from Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
  • Paséa Hotel & Spa, which just opened Memorial Day weekend in Huntington Beach in Southern California. Facing the Pacific Ocean, this brand new hotel is close to the Huntington Beach Pier. This modern oasis features 250 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites which each provide stunning ocean views, and 34,600 square feet of meeting space. Offerings include a rooftop deck and bar overlooking the Pacific, a scenic event lawn, a full-service Balinese-inspired spa, attractive gardens, and a variety of dining options. The hotel is just steps from the beach, upscale shopping, restaurants, recreation and nightlife. The hotel is convenient to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California; Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, California; and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles.
  • The Watergate Hotel, which just opened June 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. upon the completion of a comprehensive $125 million repositioning of the entire historic hotel. Featuring 337 luxury guest rooms overlooking the Potomac River, the modern hotel also will offer 27,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a new 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom. Additionally, the hotel will be home to the new Top of the Gate rooftop lounge, providing 360-degree views of the Washington, D.C. skyline, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Monument. Groups also will enjoy 10,000 square feet of outdoor event space, a luxury spa, fitness center, and indoor pool. The hotel is convenient to D.C.’s most popular destinations, and is steps from choice dining and shopping in Georgetown. The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is just a 10-minute ride away.
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, opening this July in Orlando, Florida. Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics, the new Caribbean-inspired resort will offer 1,000 guest rooms and 115,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. This will include a 41,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into 12 sections, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of pre-function space, and 11,000 square feet of outdoor space. Plus, event space is also available at Universal Orlando’s two spectacular theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, as well as Universal Citywalk®. Additional offerings at the resort will include four restaurants and lounges, a resort-style pool with a sand beach, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public areas. The resort will beautifully complement its adjacent and recently renovated sister resort, Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando®. When combined these properties will offer 2,000 guest rooms and 247,000 square feet of meeting space.
  • The Henderson, slated to open November 1, 2016 in picturesque Destin in Northwest Florida. Adjacent to nearly 1.5 miles of one of America’s highest-rated beaches, on Florida’s renowned Emerald Coast, the brand-new resort will feature sweeping views of the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine white-sand dunes. The stylish 170-room resort hotel will offer 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which will include a luxurious 5,221-square-foot Grand Ballroom, 1,000-square-foot Hospitality Suite, and a private dining room exclusively for group functions. The nearly 30,000 square feet of outdoor options will include lovely beachfront lawns, pool decks, a gorgeous grand lawn, and private beach events. Also of great appeal is that The Henderson is adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach Nature Preserve. Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Fort Walton Beach is just 30 minutes away.

ALHI Member hotels and resorts that have expanded, or soon will expand, their meeting space and/or accommodations, include:

  • Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, South Carolina), which recently opened 76 new guest rooms as part of an impressive $100 million expansion, and this fall will unveil a new main resort building featuring 74 additional guest rooms, as well as new indoor and outdoor event spaces. Upon completion, the resort will offer 16,000 square feet of meeting space, and 230 guest rooms, suites, cottages and village homes.
  • Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut), which will complete its new Earth Tower with 400 new guest rooms, meeting space, an indoor pool and fitness center this fall.
  • Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando® (Orlando, Florida), which recently expanded its meeting space from 85,000 square feet to 132,000 square feet.
  • Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida), which opened the new Carysfort Hall, which features a new 5,688-square-foot ballroom, 5 additional meeting rooms, and covered patios along the marina to take advantage of the great Key Largo weather.
  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (Scottsdale, Arizona), which just completed the addition of 102 rooms for a total of 750 guest rooms, and features a new pool, a new Great Lawn outdoor event venue, and a new well & being program.
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada), which completed an impressive expansion of its Convention Center in January. The $70 million expansion included 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, and the new 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now boasts more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.

In addition to these expansions, many of ALHI’s other Member hotels and resorts have recently completed impressive renovations and enhancements to their properties. In total, ALHI’s Member hotels and resorts have recently completed, or will soon complete, more than $2 Billion in renovations and enhancements.

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, by the worldwide membership, with GSO sales services at no cost to the Accounts served. To access the ALHI GSO network with local professionals throughout the United States and Canada, go to alhi.com to identify the GSO office nearest you, which can provide valuable expertise and market intelligence, along with the ease of discussing viable options for programs.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or 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 alhi.com.

Meeting Professionals Visit The Great Wall of China During An Amazing “Discovery Tour of Beijing & Shanghai” Sponsored by ALHI, Kempinski Hotels & Delta Air Lines

 

Seven meeting professionals recently enjoyed an amazing “Discovery Tour of Beijing and Shanghai, China” that was sponsored by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), Kempinski Hotels, and Delta Air Lines, and which featured a group itinerary coordinated by Global DMC Partners’ member Destination Asia. The trip was an educational experience designed to explore the destination as a possible choice for upcoming meetings and incentive programs for the participating organizations. Among the many incredible sites visited during the tour of Beijing were excursions to the Great Wall of China (pictured), Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

In Beijing attendees enjoyed a stay at the luxurious Kempinski Yanqi Lake Hotel, located on scenic Yanqi Island and surrounded by the magnificent Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu Great Wall.

Accommodations in Shanghai were provided by the remarkable Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai, situated in the heart of Shanghai’s financial district Lujiazui and providing stunning views of the vibrant city’s glittering skyline. In Shanghai participants also enjoyed visits to the YuYuan Garden, Tianhou Silk Factory, the Old Town, the Fabric Market, the Pearl Market, and to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts worldwide, which includes 75 luxury-level Kempinski hotels and resorts in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In addition, ALHI’s portfolio includes 23 luxury cruise ships and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or 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 alhi.com.

Southern California’s AAA Five-Diamond Monarch Beach Resort Accepted Into Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

. . . Formerly Known as The St. Regis Monarch Beach, the Newly Independently Branded Beachfront Resort Will Complete An Impressive & Comprehensive $40 Million Resort-Wide Renovation This June

Southern California’s newly independently branded Monarch Beach Resort, which is slated to complete a comprehensive year-long $40 million renovation this June, has been accepted as the newest Member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Formerly known as The St. Regis Monarch Beach, the luxurious AAA Five-Diamond beachfront resort is widely recognized among the best in the world. Nestled along the coast in Dana Point in Orange County, California, the resort is now represented by ALHI to the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover. Providing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, along with a vast array of indoor and outdoor function space options, the independent resort is now managed by KSL Resorts, which also manages such other ALHI Member resorts as San Diego’s renowned Hotel del Coronado and the exclusive Beach Village at the Del.

“We are very proud to represent the incredible, and newly independent, Monarch Beach Resort to the North American M.I.C.E. marketplace,” said Schultenover. “While it already was a AAA Five-Diamond resort, the dramatic $40 million transformation has taken the resort to an even higher level of service and product excellence, which groups will absolutely enjoy. In addition to becoming a wonderful new option in ALHI’s worldwide and California portfolio, Monarch Beach Resort also helps us expand our very popular ‘ALHI Level 5 Collection,’ consisting of remarkable hotels and resorts that have earned the industry’s highest and most celebrated honors such as the AAA Five-Diamond and/or Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star rating. With Monarch Beach Resort, we now have 43 exceptional and diverse ‘Level 5’ options around the world for those most special programs.”

Schultenover added, “As ALHI is the longest established and leading worldwide independent Global Sales Organization specifically serving the North American M&I marketplace, we are very proud that ALHI is the GSO of choice for newly independent, luxury-level, meeting-focused hotels and resorts in North America. We look forward to working with the Monarch Beach Resort team to reach and serve the meeting and incentive market throughout North America.”

Maximizing incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, Monarch Beach Resort offers 400 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites, and more than 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. In addition, the resort offers 60,000 square feet of outdoor event space, which includes a truly beautiful botanical garden, lush and spacious lawns, and ocean view terraces – ultimately providing multiple options and experiences in one location. Additional resort offerings include the challenging, 18-hole beachfront Robert Trent Jones-designed Monarch Beach Golf Links, and access to one of the most exclusive beaches in Southern California.

Monarch Beach Resort’s comprehensive $40 million renovation included the addition of the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, which just opened in April 2016. Featuring 24 treatment rooms and tranquility zones, the new spa offers more than 70 signature treatments. The extensive renovation also included an impressive new arrival experience, which debuted in January 2016, with a transformed lobby that now boasts panoramic windows to showcase unobstructed ocean views. Plus, an expansive new pool complex will debut in June 2016 with an infinity-edge Ocean Pool, an outdoor fire pit, and a multi-level design with a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging.

In addition to award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern (which continues as the resort’s signature restaurant), Monarch Beach Resort has such new culinary options as:  the Mediterranean restaurant and bar AVEO Table + Bar (opened in March 2016); 33oNorth, a contemporary bar that opened in January 2016; the indoor-outdoor dining concept Westwind Terrace; and the Mexi-Cali poolside cantina Sombra (opening this June). Located in between Los Angeles and San Diego, Monarch Beach Resort is conveniently situated within close proximity to four airports. The resort is just 21 miles from John Wayne – Orange County Airport (SNA); 41 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB); 60 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); and 68 miles from San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field – SAN).

Monarch Beach Resort becomes ALHI’s first and only Member hotel in Dana Point. The resort also becomes the seventh California member in the exclusive “ALHI Level 5 Collection,” joining:  Pebble Beach’s exquisite The Inn at Spanish Bay, featuring some of the most breathtaking shoreline in the world; Orange County’s luxurious 292-room Island Hotel Newport Beach, offering magnificent coastal and city views; the elegant 380-room The Langham Huntington, located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena; the renowned The Lodge at Pebble Beach, featuring world-class golf, spa, recreation, accommodations, and meeting facilities; the iconic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest resorts; and Newport Coast’s inspiring The Resort at Pelican Hill, providing spectacular panoramic views of the Pacific.

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, by the worldwide membership, with GSO sales services at no cost to the Accounts served. To access the ALHI GSO network with local professionals throughout the United States and Canada, go to alhi.com to identify the GSO office nearest you, which can provide valuable expertise and market intelligence, along with the ease of discussing viable options for programs.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or 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 alhi.com .

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA ACCEPTED INTO ASSOCIATED LUXURY HOTELS INTERNATIONAL (ALHI)

The luxurious Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, situated on 10 lush acres in beautiful La Jolla in northern San Diego, has been accepted as the newest Member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The AAA Four-Diamond hotel is now represented by ALHI to the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover. The popular Southern California hotel is part of Pacific Hospitality Group’s Meritage Collection, joining sister properties The Meritage Resort & Spa (Napa, California), Bacara Resort & Spa (Santa Barbara, California), and Paséa Hotel & Spa (opening soon in Huntington Beach, California), which are already Members in ALHI’s prestigious worldwide portfolio.

Located within a 5-minute drive to the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course (which sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean) and to the premier beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa becomes ALHI’s first and only Member hotel in La Jolla. It joins such other luxurious San Diego area hotels and resorts in ALHI’s distinguished portfolio as:  the acclaimed 679-room Hotel del Coronado; the stylish 78-cottage Beach Village at The Del; the newly renovated, 15-acre Loews Coronado Bay; the AAA Four-Diamond, 420-room Hard Rock Hotel San Diego; the impressive 249-room Fairmont Grand Del Mar; the lush 287-room Rancho Bernardo Inn; and the 167-room Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach) along the Pacific Ocean.

Designed For Meetings

Located in the affluent hilly seaside community of La Jolla, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa offers 210 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, and more than 47,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space (including 22,190 square feet of sophisticated conference space). Featuring beautiful rancho-style architecture, the hotel also has a world-class, 7,000-square-foot spa (with nine treatment rooms); magnificent courtyards and fountains; three distinct restaurants and bars; a heated saltwater pool and whirlpool with poolside cabanas; picturesque botanical gardens; a full fitness center; high-speed and wireless internet; and advanced networking and AV technology. In addition to its close proximity less than one mile to the acclaimed Torrey Pines Golf Course, the hotel is conveniently located next to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and is within an easy drive to San Diego’s Golden Triangle, the Village of La Jolla, and many of San Diego’s world-famous attractions, like SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo. Additional appealing recreational options include hiking through Torrey Pines State Reserve (providing stunning views of the Pacific Ocean), and venturing to La Jolla Cove to see aquatic wildlife and breathtaking sunsets. The hotel is just 14 miles from San Diego International Airport.

“We are very pleased to represent the fabulous Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa to North American meeting and incentive professionals,” said Schultenover. “It is a wonderful hotel in a fantastic location, with beautiful on-site meeting and event venues, and many nearby and diverse recreational options available for groups. This will help address the high demand we are experiencing for meetings and incentive travel programs to the San Diego area.”

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, by the worldwide membership, with GSO sales services at no cost to the Accounts served. To access the ALHI GSO network with local professionals throughout the United States and Canada, go to alhi.com to identify the GSO office nearest you, which can provide valuable expertise and market intelligence, along with the ease of discussing viable options for programs.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or 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 alhi.com .