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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.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Presents The “2017 Chairman’s Award” To The Broadmoor

 

SAN ANTONIO – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, presented Colorado’s The Broadmoor with its prestigious “Chairman’s Awardfor 2017. The award is presented annually to the ALHI member hotel or resort that best displays exemplary leadership and commitment to performance in the preceding year, while epitomizing exceptional property-level teamwork and cohesion with ALHI’s Global Sales team in serving the meetings industry. The award was presented at ALHI’s prestigious Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Conference, recently held at the picturesque 550-acre La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, which brought together 250 senior leaders from many of ALHI’s accounts, with general managers and senior marketing executives of ALHI’s worldwide membership portfolio.

“The Broadmoor is truly deserving of this special recognition and award,” said Sergot. “It is an exceptional Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort, with an extraordinary leadership team and staff, led by Jack and Barry. They work so well with our valued clients and our ALHI Global Sales team in serving the meetings and incentive marketplace. We are proud to recognize The Broadmoor with this honor.”

Situated at the gateway to the scenic Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor encompasses 5,000 acres and offers 784 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 185,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, 54 holes of championship golf, a Forbes Five-Star spa, 20 unique dining offerings, and 26 specialty boutiques.

ALHI provides one-call access for its distinguished membership of more than 250 luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand. In addition to offering distinctive hotels and resorts worldwide, ALHI’s portfolio 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 provides 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.

For more information, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com .

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Launches All-New Website With Many New Features

. . . ALHI’s Enhanced Website features their Unique, Distinctive & Authentic Portfolio of 250+ Luxury-Level Hotels & Resorts

Designed for Meetings, Conventions & Incentive Travel Programs Around the World

ORLANDO, FL – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, has launched an all-new website, with enhanced “Search” abilities and many new features. According to ALHI CEO David Gabri, the new website is designed as a “one-stop” online resource to assist meeting professionals, convention specialists, association executives, incentive travel specialists and business executives in identifying luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts around the world which are specifically designed and operated for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions, and exhibitions. ALHI’s portfolio features more than 250 AAA Four- and Five-Diamond quality, mostly independent, member hotels and resorts worldwide, which offer a total of 138,5000 rooms and more than 10 million square feet of meeting space.

Featuring the same alhi.com address, this new site was designed with valuable input from ALHI’s Industry Advisory Council members; association executives and incentive specialists via focus groups; and with input from many of the ALHI Member hotels and resorts, valued accounts, and knowledgeable ALHI Global Sales professionals.

The attractive new website is very mobile-friendly, and offers many more search functions and features that will be of great assistance in planning meetings, conventions and incentive travel programs. Among the many new features is an interactive world map showing all of ALHI’s 250+ hotels and resorts in 45 countries.

The search function includes the ability to search by:  destination (city, state or country); the type of property (i.e. Big Box, Level 5, City Solutions, Beach and Island, Golf, Ocean Line, Resorts or Passport Collection); the number of guest rooms; and/or the amount of meeting space. Or, you can simply enter the name of a specific hotel or resort, and go directly to complete at-your-fingertips information on that property.

In addition, the new website enables you to search the type of property or destination, and then filter the results down by the number of guest rooms, the number of meeting rooms, the size of the largest meeting room, and/or the total square feet of meeting space.

Another function enables planners to compare properties being considered with an “Add to Compare” button.

There also is a page for each of ALHI’s 250+ distinguished member hotels and resorts. This includes a colorful printable Fact Sheet PDF, a printable Floor Plans PDF, a printable Capacity Chart PDF, and the Google Map location.

Each hotel’s or resort’s page also features useful “Fast Facts” information presented in a concise manner, which includes:  the number of guest rooms; largest meeting room; 2nd largest meeting room; total meeting space; the number of meeting rooms; closest airport; meeting facilities description; a capacity chart (which can be viewed in feet or meters); accommodations overview; dining and recreational information; and a beautiful photo gallery.

The new website features larger images and a cleaner home page, with the ability to scroll down on the home page for current news and ALHI Member Updates (such as renovation details or new offerings) at ALHI’s distinguished hotels and resorts.

The new website also features additional information on the ALHI Global Luxury Alliance members, which includes 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in 100-plus locations worldwide.

“This new, user-friendly website is a very valuable resource for meeting and incentive professionals to do research online, but also is terrific for planners when talking and working with their ALHI Global Sales professional as they provide personal guidance and insight on why one or more ALHI member hotels or resorts might be the precise solution for a particular meeting or program,” said Gabri.

Added Gabri, “So, for quick and easy access to luxury-level and upper-upscale hotels and resorts around the world which are specifically designed and operated for M.I.C.E. programs, planners should save as a ‘Favorite’ this wonderful newly enhanced resource.”

“The combination of the new website, our 2017 ALHI Global Meeting Guide, and the insight of our skilled ALHI Global Sales professionals has proven to be a very popular GSO combination with planners,” said Gabri. “This then leads to site visits to the specific hotels and resorts of interest, which ALHI coordinates. So whether your group is seeking city, resort, global, and/or incentive solutions, ALHI has the solution to suit your needs.”

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 the “ALHI 2017 Global Meeting 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, Dallas, Denver, Hartford (CT), Houston, Kansas City (MO), Los Angeles, Louisville, New York City, Orange County (CA), Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, San Diego, Spokane (WA), Toronto, and Washington, D.C. For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

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.

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 .

Sonesta Expands ALHI Global Sales Organization Relationship

ALHI ADDS 5 ROYAL SONESTA & SONESTA HOTELS TO PORTFOLIO

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Sonesta International Hotels Corporation have expanded their long-tenured relationship with the addition of five more of Sonesta’s luxury-level meetings-focused hotels to ALHI’s prestigious portfolio. Joining ALHI’s present Member hotel, the elegant 195-room Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore (in Baltimore, Maryland), are new ALHI members:  Royal Sonesta Houston (in Houston, Texas), Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach (in Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Royal Sonesta New Orleans (in New Orleans, Louisiana), the Royal Sonesta Boston (in Boston, Massachusetts), and Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina). The five hotels, which have each recently undergone significant renovations, are now represented by ALHI to meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists interested in conducting meetings, conventions and/or incentive programs at the hotels. The announcement was made by ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

“We are very proud to expand our relationship with these fine Sonesta properties,” said Schultenover. “Each are AAA Four-Diamond quality hotels or resorts, freshly renovated and reimagined, and situated in excellent locations within their desirable destinations, providing great appeal to groups and their planners. We are proud to welcome these additions in the key cities of Houston, New Orleans, Boston, Hilton Head, and Fort Lauderdale, allowing us to further address the growing demand for these markets that we’ve been experiencing.”

In Houston, Texas, ALHI adds the chic Royal Sonesta Houston to its distinctive portfolio, which now features nine outstanding options in Texas including three exceptional choices in Houston. Located in the heart of Uptown Houston, the AAA Four-Diamond recognized Royal Sonesta Houston completed an impressive $30 million renovation in 2014. Ideally situated just a few blocks from The Galleria for shopping, dining and entertainment, it also is just minutes from downtown Houston. The stylish hotel features 485 guest rooms and suites with contemporary furnishings and mini refrigerators, and 50,000 square feet of function space that can accommodate 1,000 guests. The hotel also offers a rooftop swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and three dining options including the globally-inspired ARA restaurant. Royal Sonesta Houston, which also is now a new option in ALHI’s “City Solutions” luxury brand segment, is close to the Museum & Theater Districts and Montrose/Midtown, and is conveniently located near George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ALHI has added the sophisticated 240-room Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach to its portfolio and to its “ALHI Beach & Island Collection” luxury brand segment. It becomes ALHI’s only Member hotel in Fort Lauderdale, and eighth distinctive option in Southeast Florida. The stylish AAA Four-Diamond rated hotel, which provides spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Lauderdale Beach, offers 240 luxurious guest rooms and suites, and 8,000 square feet of meeting space with floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views. Group options include an oceanfront terrace, a private beach party at the adjacent Bonnet House, and Intracoastal cruises. Additionally, the hotel has a full-service beachfront restaurant, lobby bar, poolside bar, and 24-hour fitness center. Nearby attractions include snorkeling, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, and nature trails. The beachfront hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, just minutes from the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, Las Olas Boulevard, and Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is only eight miles away.

ALHI’s new member in New Orleans is the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, located in the heart of the historic French Quarter, in the center of this vibrant city. Providing 483 large guest rooms and suites (which all provide views of the French Quarter or tropical courtyard), the AAA Four-Diamond recognized hotel joins as ALHI’s third outstanding option in New Orleans. Situated on famous Bourbon Street, the hotel features beautiful architecture and offers 20,000 square feet of function space that includes a 5,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Outdoor venue options and Bourbon Balcony Hospitality Suites are available, as are an on-site full-service AV production company, 24-hour business center, fitness center, and outdoor heated swimming pool. Multiple dining and lounge options also are offered, including live jazz nightly at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. The hotel is located 16 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport, and just steps from the Central Business District, Superdome, Convention Center, Royal Street, French Market and Mississippi River attractions.

Joining ALHI in Boston is Royal Sonesta Boston, situated on the banks of the scenic Charles River, and offering views of the Boston skyline and historic Beacon Hill. The 400-room hotel, which completed a $15 million renovation in 2014, becomes ALHI’s sixth Member in Boston. The chic hotel, rated Four-Diamond by AAA, provides 400 stylish guest rooms and suites that offer breathtaking views of the Charles River, Cambridge, or the Boston skyline. Featuring a modern design, the hotel offers 26,000 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 550 guests, that includes covered outdoor entertaining space on the banks of the river. Dining options include the innovative ArtBar, and Restaurant dante offering classical Italian dishes. An atrium-style indoor swimming pool and 24-hour health club also are available. The hotel is within walking distance to many shops, museums and historical sites, and just minutes from the business, educational and shopping points in both Boston and Cambridge. Boston’s Logan International Airport is just three miles away.

ALHI’s new member in South Carolina is Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, which is ALHI’s only Member resort on Hilton Head Island, and second distinguished option in South Carolina. Offering 340 spacious guest rooms and suites on 11 acres of lush, beautifully landscaped beachfront property, the AAA Four-Diamond rated resort completed a $30 million renovation in 2013. Boasting 23,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, this includes the attractive 7,000-square-foot Oceanfront Pavilion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Onsite dining options include Heyward’s Restaurant, Seacrest Terrace and Patio, and Bayley’s Bar and Terrace. Additionally, the resort features Arum Spa, and outdoor and shaded swimming pools. Convenient to all of the island’s attractions and activities, the resort is just 8 miles from Hilton Head Island Airport, and 48 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

In addition to these new Members, ALHI’s worldwide portfolio also features other outstanding options for planners in these appealing cities, including:  Houston’s elegant Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, providing 244 luxurious guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space; and the Forbes Four-Star The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, offering 32,000 square feet of meeting space in a picturesque setting of towering pines and majestic oaks in Houston. In New Orleans:  the acclaimed and historic Hotel Monteleone, offering 570 beautifully decorated guest rooms and located on famed Royal Street in the French Quarter; and the superb, 285-room Loews New Orleans Hotel, providing expansive views of the Mississippi River or New Orleans skyline.

Other distinguished Boston options in ALHI’s impressive portfolio include:  the ultra-modern, 424-room InterContinental Boston, situated on Boston’s historic and newly redefined waterfront; downtown Boston’s elegant The Langham Boston, featuring 10,000 square feet of meeting space just steps from Boston’s most popular attractions; the luxurious and contemporary 225-room Loews Boston Hotel, located in the heart of prestigious Back Bay; and the recently renovated and very popular 428-room Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, featuring dazzling city and harbor views.

ALHI (alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings and incentive (M&I) marketplace for its Membership of over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO “Alliance” sales services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; and a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries. One call connects to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional with advocacy and sales assistance for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.

ALHI is a dues-funded organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the GSO network with local professionals and ease of discussing viable options for your programs.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 75 countries and destinations 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 “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 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 www.alhi.com .

The Trend Toward Lifestyle Hotels & Resorts Underscores the Growing Demand for ALHI’s Hotels & Resorts for the Meetings & Incentive Marketplace

. . .Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Member Hotels & Resorts Have Long Captured The Uniqueness & Authenticity Of Lifestyle Brands For Meetings, Conventions & Incentive Programs

The growing demand for lifestyle hotels and resorts by leisure travelers has migrated into the Meetings & Incentive (M&I) marketplace, with a noticeable surge in the demand by meeting professionals and incentive specialists for lifestyle hotels and resorts that specifically cater to meetings, conventions and/or incentive group programs.

Well-positioned to serve this growing demand is the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization, which represents more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality (mostly independent) hotels and resorts to the M&I marketplace. Notably, ALHI has been specifically serving the M&I market with its impressive variety of distinctive and unique hotels and resorts for nearly 30 years. Significantly, ALHI has seen a substantial surge in business and RFPs (Requests for Proposal) for their portfolio, year-over-year. More companies and associations are seeking unique and experiential hotels and resorts for their M&I programs to excite their attendees and motivate their constituents.

“The demand is definitely up for unique, independent and genuine lifestyle hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive programs,” said ALHI President Jim Schultenover. “Meeting professionals, incentive specialists and their program attendees are seeking one-of-a-kind luxury hotels and resorts that are known for their individuality and high quality, and which are prized for their distinctiveness, authenticity, personality, and personalization. Corporations and associations are seeking hotels and resorts that are known and lauded for providing unique and inspiring experiences, very attentive personal service, and much success for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. The market is demanding real experiences over just accommodations, as well as an environment where the message and experience is well-received, memorable, and original for their attendees and enterprise to advance. This perfectly describes our distinguished ALHI portfolio, which makes it easy to see why we’ve seen such a surge in demand.”

“The desire for independent luxury-level lifestyle hotels and resorts for meetings and programs has grown substantially,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “This is evident by the increased demand for our ALHI Global Sales Organization services for the Member hotels and resorts we serve, along with the sizable number of lifestyle brands that have recently been launched by the big hotel brands.”

Added Schultenover, “We are very proud that ALHI has been on this path for nearly 30 years, and are thrilled the market has so significantly shifted toward genuine lifestyle hotels and resorts. We have been, are, and will continue to be committed serving the M&I marketplace with these exceptional and unique hotels and resorts.”

Gabri continued, “As ALHI offers an incredible and diverse array of justly authentic and distinctive hotels and resorts that specialize in hosting meetings, conventions and incentive programs, ALHI really is the ultimate lifestyle brand source for the meetings and incentive marketplace in America and Canada. Not only are these genuine Four- and Five-Diamond/Star quality rated properties that beautifully reflect their environment and local culture, but they also feature extraordinary indoor and outdoor meeting and function spaces, which complement the venue. So you could say that ALHI has been, and continues to be, at the ‘epicenter of lifestyle uniqueness’ for luxury-level meetings and incentive programs. That is why so many planners and executives capitalize upon the ALHI GSO sales services and our portfolio for their programs.”

Schultenover added, “As we are now in what has been described as the ‘Era of Personalization’ where customization and a guest-centric approach are key, genuine lifestyle hotels are being sought after even more to provide an authentic experience for the attendees of meetings and programs. Combine this with the well-documented growth in the demand for face-to-face meetings and programs, and there has been a substantial increase in the demand for our ALHI Global Sales Organization services from meeting professionals, business executives, associations, and incentive specialists. In a nutshell, the market desires the ALHI-style hotels and resorts, and we are here to serve this growing demand.”

“Outstanding lifestyle hotel and resort options within the ALHI portfolio are impressive and diverse, with something to fit virtually any group’s specific needs and desires. This ranges from the esteemed The Broadmoor, and its unique new Cloud Camp; to the dramatically reinvented The New York Palace; to the truly distinctive Gateway Canyons in Western Colorado; to the acclaimed The Lodge at Sea Island. Meeting professionals simply need to speak with their nearest ALHI Global Sales professional so they can help identify the ideal site solutions for their programs.”

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) (www.alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings, convention, and incentive marketplace for its distinguished Member hotels and resorts which are specifically designed for meetings and programs.

In addition to the 115,000 rooms and over 10 million square feet of function space within the hotel portfolio, ALHI also represents 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for the meetings & incentive (M&I) market; a worldwide DMC (Destination Management Company) for program support with operations in over 100 destinations including 65 global markets; and select DMO (Destination Marketing Organization) alliances, like the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) with its several island resorts. All allow ALHI’s dues-funded (no cost to the organization), professional and geographically dispersed GSO team to assist planners and professionals with their meetings, conventions, and incentive programs around the world.

ALHI provides a team of experienced and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy and extensive experience with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for meeting & incentive (M&I) programs of any size and scope worldwide. Serving the meetings and incentive marketplace for nearly 30 years, 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.

With ALHI there is no cost to the corporate, association, and planning organizations to utilize ALHI’s professional services and expertise, as ALHI’s Members’ dues fund the North American sales organization to best serve planners with GSO sales professionals in their local area.

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 www.alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For information about any of ALHI’s portfolio properties or GSO services, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app – which both provide planners valuable details of each hotel’s and resort’s meeting, accommodations, recreational, and dining offerings, as well as destination information — contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visitwww.alhi.com . The website also features “ALHI Luxury on Sale” value opportunities which are updated and readily available online, as well as an enhanced photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property.

ALHI Launches ALHI Private Sale for 2015 Meetings

If you have meetings or programs for 2015 for which you have not yet selected your hotel or resort venue, check out the “2015 ALHI Private Sale” promotion for 2015 programs that was just launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI).

Available exclusively through the ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) for new business booked at participating ALHI member hotels and resorts for 2015, the “Private Sale” assists planners, and the organizations they serve, to save on their 2015 programs. In addition to the best rates and terms at the Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts, the “ALHI Private Sale” provides to new business a special incentive with one complimentary room for every 30 rooms booked and actualized in programs completed between April – December 31, 2015. The program must have a minimum of a three-night stay, and a minimum of 30 rooms or more on the peak night, and must be initiated with the ALHI GSO to receive the special benefits.

“The ‘ALHI Private Sale’ is a nice bonus for short-term bookings. It is a great way for planners to stretch their program’s dollars, while maintaining the consistent Four- or Five-Diamond quality of distinctive facilities and services for their program and valued attendees,” said Jim Schultenover, president of ALHI.

ALHI (alhi.com) is the prestigious dues-based Global Sales Organization (GSO) which serves the North American meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace with its Global Sales responsibilities for its diverse and distinctive membership of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide.

Planners can select from more than 60 ALHI hotels and resorts that are participating in the “2015 ALHI Private Sale.” For more information on the “ALHI Private Sale,” and for a list of participating ALHI hotels and resorts, go to alhi.com/privatesale . Or contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, which can be found by visiting the “ALHI Team” section on alhi.com .

ALHI hotels and resorts that are participating in the Western U.S. region include:
· Bacara Resort & Spa (Santa Barbara, California)
· Bellagio (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Gateway Canyons Resort (Gateway, Colorado)
· Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (San Diego, California)
· Island Hotel Newport Beach (Newport Beach, California)
· Loews Coronado Bay (Coronado/San Diego, California)
· Miramonte Resort & Spa (Indian Wells, California)
· Monte Carlo Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Omni La Costa Resort and Spa (Carlsbad/San Diego, California)
· Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (Rancho Mirage, California)
· Resort at Squaw Creek (Olympic Valley/Lake Tahoe, California)
· Sunriver Resort (Sunriver, Oregon)
· Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach, California)
· The Inn at Spanish Bay (Pebble Beach, California)
· The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center (Denver, Colorado)
· The Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa, California)
· The Mirage (Las Vegas, Nevada)
· Turtle Bay Resort (Kohala Coast, Hawaii)
· Vdara Hotel & Spa (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Midwest U.S. participating ALHI member hotels and resorts include:
· AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (Austin, Texas)
· Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (Chicago, Illinois)
· Hotel Valencia Riverwalk (San Antonio, Texas)
· InterContinental Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
· La Cantera Hill Country Resort (San Antonio, Texas)
· Loews Minneapolis Hotel (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
· Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (Chicago, Illinois)
· The Adolphus (Dallas, Texas)
· The American Club Resort (Kohler, Wisconsin)

Options for the “ALHI Private Sale” in the South U.S. region include:
· Chateau Élan (Braselton, Georgia)
· Condado Vanderbilt Hotel (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
· Fontainebleau (Miami Beach, Florida)
· Loews Don CeSar Hotel (St. Pete Beach, Florida)
· Loews New Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana)
· Naples Grande Beach Resort (Naples, Florida)
· Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida)
· Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (Orlando, Florida)
· PGA National Resort & Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
· Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)
· Rosen Shingle Creek (Orlando, Florida)
· The Lodge & Club (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida)
· The Villas of Grand Cypress (Orlando, Florida)
· Trump National Doral Miami (Miami, Florida)

Participating ALHI member hotels and resorts in the East U.S. include:
· Colonial Williamsburg Resort Hotels (The Williamsburg Inn, The Williamsburg Lodge, and The Williamsburg Woodlands) (Williamsburg, Virginia)
· Foxwoods Resort Casino (Mashantucket, Connecticut)
· Langham Place, Fifth Avenue (New York, New York)
· Loews Madison Hotel (Washington, D.C.)
· Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. (Washington, D.C.)
· Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut)
· Pinehurst (Pinehurst, North Carolina)
· Salamander Resort & Spa (Middleburg, Virginia)
· Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
· The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia)
· The Langham, Boston (Boston, Massachusetts)

Participating hotels and resorts outside of the U.S. include:
· Elbow Beach Resort (Bermuda)
· Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun (Cancun, Mexico)
· Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos (Los Cabos, Mexico)
· InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa (Arraijan District, Panama)
· Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa (Bermuda)
· Pan Pacific Vancouver (Vancouver, Canada)
· Rosewood Tucker’s Point (Bermuda)
· The Fairmont Hamilton Princess (Bermuda)
· The Fairmont Southampton (Bermuda)
· The Reefs Resort & Club (Bermuda)

For information about the “2015 ALHI Private Sale,” any of the participating ALHI Member hotels or resorts, or all of ALHI’s other 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.

There are ALHI Global Sales Office 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 “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

ALHI (alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American M&I marketplace. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries; and select Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) alliances, such as the Bermuda Tourism Authority. One call to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional connects association executives, meeting professionals, incentive specialists, and business executives with advocacy and sales assistance for their meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.

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. Plus, there is no cost to the corporate, association, and planning organizations to utilize ALHI’s professional services and expertise, as ALHI’s Members’ dues fund the North American sales organization to best serve planners with GSO sales professionals in their local area.

In addition, ALHI provides very useful information on 12 defined “Specialty Segments” within the ALHI portfolio which makes it easy for planners to quickly identify site-specific solutions for their programs. The specialty segments include:  “Big Box Solutions,” “Level 5 Collection,” “City Solutions,” “Passport Collection,” “Golf Collection,” “Entertainment & Gaming Collection,” “U-200 Gems,” “Historic Collection,” “Beach & Island Collection,” “Mountain Collection,” “Bahamas, Bermuda & Caribbean Collection,” and “Ocean Line Collection.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 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.