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AT&T Hotel and Conference Center Steps into Austin Spotlight May 16
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Austin’s meetings and convention sector faces a conundrum: The Texas capital is the 10th largest city in the United States, but has the 54th largest convention center. Short on square footage, the maxed-out Austin Convention Center, originally built in 1992, has been…

Destination: Colorado Springs May 16
Colorado

Destination: Colorado Springs

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Why Colorado Springs? An average of 300 days of sunshine annually 70 miles south of Denver Six airlines fly into Colorado Springs Airport (COS), and since it’s smaller than Denver International Airport, travelers find shorter security lines, less wait times and quicker…

Side by Side on Santa Monica's Sweeping Coastline May 07
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Shutters on the Beach White sand beaches, the sun reflecting off the Pacific Ocean and a gentle ocean breeze ... Shutters on the Beach is a seaside haven set in one of Southern California's most desirable enclaves. Both comfortable and luxurious, the acclaimed Santa Monica…

Destination: San Diego Apr 15
California

Destination: San Diego

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Editor's note: This story, which originally published Aug 29, 2021, has been updated. Why San Diego? Average year-round temperature of a comfortable 72°F. A hotbed of innovation, education and cultural exploration, San Diego has been nicknamed “America’s…

Meritage Resort & Spa Debuts High-End Steakhouse, Champagne Lounge Apr 11
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Meritage Resort & Spa—the gateway to California’s famed Napa Valley wine region that’s set among rolling vineyards—unveiled its $25 million renovation this spring, and there’s much for groups to be excited about, including a new high-end…

California Wine-Inspired Design at Meritage Resort & Spa Apr 08
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Inspired by the Mission-style architecture of a modern vineyard, the newly redesigned Meritage Resort and Spa is now the largest resort in Napa Valley, situated on more than 36 sprawling acres and featuring nine acres of active vineyards. The Meritage room renovation was…

The Faces Behind the Scenes on #GMID2024 Apr 05
Industry Updates

The Faces Behind the Scenes on #GMID2024

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Global Meetings Industry Day unites the profession around the value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities, all driven by face-to-face interactions. Behind the scenes of all those…

Destination: Morocco Mar 15
Featured Destinations

Destination: Morocco

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Why Morocco The Kingdom of Morocco serves as the host country for the annual meetings of both the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. Long-standing traditions effortlessly blend with modern day luxuries. Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and its…

Prince Waikiki Brings Sustainability to The Table Mar 15
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When he’s cooking for groups, Prince Waikiki’s award-winning Executive Chef Jeremy Shigekane is passionate about making sure that just as much thought goes into the preparation of plant-based dishes as the ones that are centered on meat or fish. So, for example, if…

Destination: Kona, Hawai’i Mar 15
Hawaii

Destination: Kona, Hawai’i

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Why Kona Average year-round tropical temperatures of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Ample opportunities to immerse your guests in the island’s rich heritage. More than 40 gateway cities in the U.S. and internationally fly non-stop to Hawai’i year-round. Inter-island flights…

Destination: Palm Springs, California Mar 15
Palm Springs

Destination: Palm Springs, California

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Why Palm Springs More than 300 days of sunshine annually. More than 100 golf courses on which to play a round. A dozen airlines fly into Palm Springs International Airport, with direct flights from 32 destinations and connections to more than 500 destinations worldwide…

Destination: Savannah, Georgia Mar 15
Savannah

Destination: Savannah, Georgia

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Why Savannah Named one of the South’s Best Cities by Southern Living, one of the U.S.’ Friendliest Cities by Condé Nast Traveler and among Favorite Cities in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. Savannah is considered the first planned city in the U.S. Many of…

First Look: See Inside Portola Hotel & Spa’s New Coastal Ballrooms Mar 15
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When Portola Hotel & Spa, a charming coastal retreat along California’s Central Coast, began renovating its meeting spaces, the design team knew exactly where to turn for inspiration: Monterey’s beautiful landscape and iconic landmarks. The hotel recently…

More Meeting Magic in Mid-Size Destinations Mar 15
Hotel Insider

More Meeting Magic in Mid-Size Destinations

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Editor’s Note: While the major metros may already be on your radar for meetings, there’s several smaller markets bidding for your attention in 2024. These destinations have luxury hotels with great meeting spaces, plus some additional surprises in store. In the next…

Dream Big at Caribe Royale Orlando Mar 07
Florida

Dream Big at Caribe Royale Orlando

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Innovation convenes at Caribe Royale Orlando. Gather attendees in a space that holds as many people as it does ideas: from full-scale conventions to industry-wide conferences, and everything in between. A meeting planner's dream, this luxurious resort in Central Florida…

Embracing Sustainable Meetings at Portola Hotel & Spa Feb 23
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As Monterey’s first and only U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Certified Hotel, Portola is proud to offer meeting and event planners the opportunity to create sustainable and eco-friendly meetings. The hotel takes pride in the environment and does their best…

Portola Hotel & Spa Unveils Stunning Ballroom Renovation Feb 23
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Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey’s premier coastal-inspired hotel, announces the completion of its extensive renovation to the De Anza and Bonsai Ballrooms. With an investment of $1.83 million, these updates to 12,500 square feet of premier event space enhance the…

Destination: London Feb 15
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Destination: London

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With so many options in the city, it’s not a surprise that London has long been a destination for business and leisure travelers from around the world. Not only is London a global tech hub and financial capital, but its world-class airports boast direct flights to 400…

Secluded Hill Country Meetings at Hotel Viata Feb 07
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Make your meetings productive and relaxing at Hotel Viata with spaces that feature the perfect blend of natural lighting, Italian charm, and first-rate technology. The hotel features state-of-the-art event venues with more than 12,000 square feet of space to accommodate a variety…

Meetings & Events in Fort Lauderdale's Social Epicenter Jan 16
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Transformed and reimagined, Pier Sixty-Six Resort will open its doors in late 2024, providing an unforgettable luxury experience. Boasting its iconic 17-story tower with rotating lounge and bar, and over 40,000 square feet of entertainment and meeting space, the resort will be…

How to Accomplish Your New Year’s Fitness Goals in 2024 Jan 15
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How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? If you’ve made it this far, and the resolutions are still going strong, you’re defying the odds. Statisticians say that Jan. 12 is when the majority of people get derailed from their resolutions. In fact, this is so…

Southwestern Style at The Wigwam, a Luxury Desert Oasis in Arizona Jan 15
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Here’s a fun bit of meetings history: In 1918, the first building to open at the site of The Wigwam in West Phoenix was called “The Organization House,” and it was a venue for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company executives who were in town to visit the nearby…

10 Most Read ALHI Insider Stories in 2023 Dec 11
Industry Updates

10 Most Read ALHI Insider Stories in 2023

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A look back at the 10 most read stories from the ALHI Insider newsletter in 2023. 1. Planners Get Creative in Wake of Price Increases 2. Human Trafficking Survivor Shares Story 3. Pickleball Draws Hotels' Interest 4. GMID Unites Meeting Industry for Day of Advocacy 5…

4 Ways to Ring in the New Year Dec 11
Hotel Insider

4 Ways to Ring in the New Year

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It’s December, and we’re winding down on the final weeks of 2023: Do you have your New Year’s Eve plans locked in, yet? For some, New Year’s Eve is all about glamorous soirees where the champagne flows or convivial countdowns with joyous crowds as…

What’s New for Meetings, Events at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas Dec 11
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Las Vegas is perennially popular for meetings and events, but MGM Resorts’ newest updates to its hotels and meeting spaces make the city’s appeal even greater as planners consider destinations for 2024 and beyond. One of the more unique offerings is Mandalay…

Pier Sixty-Six Resort Set for 2024 Opening in Fort Lauderdale Dec 11
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The transformed Pier Sixty-Six Resort will swing open its doors in late 2024, ready to welcome guests to a remarkably unique luxury property in Ft. Lauderdale that will wow everyone from beach lovers to superyacht enthusiasts and architecture buffs. Imbued with rich history, the…

10 Most Read ALHI Weddings Stories in 2023 Nov 30
Destination Weddings

10 Most Read ALHI Weddings Stories in 2023

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A look back at the 10 most read stories from the Destination Weddings by ALHI newsletter in 2023. 1. Five Wedding Trends For 2023 2. Luxury Rediscovered: Wedding Planner Experience 3. Five Unexpected Wedding Destinations for 2023 4. Stunning Destination Wedding Locations in the…

An Elevated Experience at Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa Nov 16
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Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa offers attendees an exclusive and elevated experience. New design elements feature playful typography, pops of green and grapefruit pink, contemporary furniture, and colorful tropical patterns, bringing a sense of warmth and character to…

Arts, Culture has a New Address: The Crescent Hotel, Fort Worth Nov 10
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Fort Worth’s Cultural District is a true Texas treasure. World-class museums are located within this compact, walkable neighborhood, including the Kimbell Art Museum, which is home to Michelangelo’s first-ever painting and the famed artist’s only piece in the…

Meeting Magic in Mid-Size Destinations Oct 24
Hotel Insider

Meeting Magic in Mid-Size Destinations

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When it comes to choosing destinations for meetings, big cities outfitted with large convention centers, busy airports and an abundance of hotel rooms are often top contenders. But, throughout the United States, several mid-size destinations are proving that they have what it…

5 Unique Experiences Groups Can Have at PGA National Resort Oct 19
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Last year, South Florida’s PGA National Resort unveiled its stunning $100 million transformation. With updated guest rooms, new dining concepts helmed by celebrity chefs, and made over, high-end meeting spaces, the iconic resort was eager to show the world that…

First Look: Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort & Spa Debuts Oct 19
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Back in 2017, Tommy Bahama conducted focus groups with customers who were asked what else the island lifestyle brand should be doing. “Why aren’t you in the hotel business?” was the recurring theme in the responses. Now, five years later, the brand is…

Embrace Local Culture at InterContinental Miami Oct 05
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As an iconic meetings hotel within the international destination of Miami, InterContinental Miami truly embraces local culture with unique activities, culinary options, activations and event options. Hotel Activities Whether guests are looking to sip on cocktail specials, dance…

Mineral-Rich Hot Springs Create True Escape at Omni Homestead Resort Sep 13
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Nestled in a narrow valley and surrounded by the lush Allegheny Mountains, meeting guests who arrive at The Omni Homestead Resort can take in scenic views from every vantage point. What’s more, though: Attendees can experience the storied resort’s spectacular…

Lotte Hotel Seattle Groups Can Enjoy Cirque Shows in Beaux-Arts Venue Sep 13
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Dinner and a show? The Lotte Hotel Seattle can do you one better: The luxury hotel is hosting a theatrical cirque residency with gravity-defying acts and live music staged in its opulent Beaux Arts-style Grand Ballroom. The hotel’s executive chef Jesse Olsen, who has three…

ASAE, Atlanta Showcase Power of Face-to-Face Meetings Sep 13
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Need more proof that face-to-face business meetings and events are back? Look no further than the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) annual conference in Atlanta which delivered another resounding validation that in-person business meetings are not only bringing…

Mastering the Art of Hospitality Aug 30
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Mastering the Art of Hospitality

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Hotels Engage Guests with Carefully Curated Art Collections In synergy with the architecture and design of a hotel, art programming can go far in setting the vibe for guests and establishing that all-important first impression. Starting with the lobby and check-in area…

Margaritaville Lake Resort Breathe Easy Promotion Aug 21
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BREATHE EASY Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe-Houston is committed to bringing wellness to the forefront of business meetings, private functions and events. Each of their resort’s Sales & Events Managers has completed the Delos Wellness Certificate for Meetings…

Caribe Royale Orlando Meetings All About Creative Customization Aug 14
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As meetings and events made their big comeback, David Hackett, Executive Chef at Caribe Royale Orlando, noticed a shift in how attendees preferred to dine. Instead of sitting down for a multi-course, plated dinner, there’s been heightened demand among attendees to rove…

PGA National Resort Golf Courses Aug 07
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The challenges, the history, the legends — they’re all still here. More than a resort golf experience,PGA National Resort is a championship golf experience. But they’ve refined their game updating all of their renowned golf courses.

Bees at PGA National Resort Aug 07
Golf

Bees at PGA National Resort

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Home to almost 250,000 honeybees and their queens in four on-site hives, PGA National Resort presents a sweet-tastic behind-the-scenes experience to see the exquisite beauty of bees at work. The Beekeeping Experience In their commitment to bee health and sustainability, PGA…

Experts Who Elevate—William May, Doorman, Fairmont San Francisco Aug 02
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Doorman. Gatekeeper. Ambassador. Three titles befitting William May who has dedicated the past 38 years to his post at the entrance of the Fairmont San Francisco, one of the most regal and historic icons of the city. Clad in his three-piece black attire with red trim, May is a…

Hotels, Hospitality Industry Focus on Workforce Training, Development Aug 02
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Editor’s note: This article first published in the June 2023 Special Edition of Beyond the Meeting Room , ALHI’s printed magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication focused on sharing compelling, inspirational and educational stories from beyond the four walls of a…

Inspired Meetings & Events at Portola Hotel & Spa Jul 25
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Known for being "the greatest meeting of land and sea," Monterey is a vibrant destination where its easy to connect with colleagues, collaborate on ideas, and celebrate with family and friends. Located steps from Monterey Bay, shopping, dining and iconic attractions…

Reimagined Luxury at Royal Sonesta Kauai Jun 27
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Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort offers breathtaking bay views and beachside fun on Kauai, the Garden Island of Hawaii. Dine on-site at four restaurants, bask in the Lihue sun, surf in the bay or float around in the largest one-level outdoor pool in Hawaii. Located on beautiful Kalapki…

InterContinental Miami Celebrates 40 Years Jun 20
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InterContinental Miami made its grand debut in 1983, built with travertine marble imported from Italy—so much, in fact, that the project emptied out a quarry. Towering 34 stories over the city and showing off a trifecta of views of Biscayne Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the…

Luxury Travel Continues Surge Jun 14
Leadership

Luxury Travel Continues Surge

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Editor’s note: This report accompanies an article, Forecast Sunny for Hotels, first published in the June 2023 Special Edition of Beyond the Meeting Room , ALHI’s printed magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication focused on sharing compelling, inspirational and…

The Evolution of Sonesta Hotels Jun 13
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The Evolution of Sonesta Hotels

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Since 1937, when real estate mogul A.M. “Sonny” Sonnabend purchased the Preston Beach Hotel in Massachusetts, Sonesta has transformed into a global brand with 280 properties in eight countries (and counting), putting an emphasis on excellent service and authentic…

The Meritage Resort and Spa Launches Extensive Redesign Jun 06
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The Meritage Resort and Spa, the premier AAA Four Diamond resort located at the gateway of Napa Valley, has launched a strategic renovation to its premier event and conference venues, which will include the renovation of 322 of its 467 guestrooms. The property proudly offers the…

History Renewed at The Wigwam in Arizona May 23
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The Wigwam is embarking on a resort-wide renovation which will include a complete interior refresh to elevate its spacious casitas, suites and two presidential suites. Combining rich tones of denim and adobe, layered with natural textures and authentic materials, the new interior…

Distinctive Additions & Updates to the Posadas Portfolio May 23
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Fiesta Americana Grand Meetings Mexico & Beyond offers some of the most distinctive and alluring properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. They maintain a focus on continually improving and upgrading their luxurious hotels and resorts to deliver world-class service for…

Destination: The Hawaiian Islands May 12
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On Oahu, visitors find laid back coastal surf towns with a crescendo of waves setting the soundtrack juxtaposed with the cosmopolitan bustle of Honolulu. Nicknamed the Garden Isle because of the emerald valleys that blanket it, Kauai is beloved for its rugged beauty—a…

Iconic Activities at Turtle Bay Resort Apr 11
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Turtle Bay Resort features a selection of unique, immersive ‘Only at Turtle Bay’ experiences, with programming for every type of traveler. Consistently regarded as the best course on O'ahu (and among the very best on all the islands), the Arnold Palmer Course…

Meet in Paradise at Turtle Bay Resort Apr 11
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Set on a peninsula and designed with three wings of guestrooms, every room and suite at Turtle Bay Resort offers guests stunning ocean views. All of the 450 rooms were designed with the intention of bringing the outside in, incorporating natural materials such as weathered teak…

ALHI at the Movies Mar 14
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ALHI at the Movies

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Editor’s note: This article first published in the Fall 2022 issue of Beyond the Meeting Room , ALHI’s printed magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication focused on sharing compelling, inspirational and educational stories from beyond the four walls of a meeting room…

Destination: Spain Feb 17
Spain

Destination: Spain

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Spain has long been on travelers’ radars, known for its mild temperatures, coastal landscapes and sweeping vistas. Not only is the Mediterranean country easy to reach, but it’s filled with enough art, culture, outdoor pursuits and dining options to keep one busy for…

Jobs Report Boosts Hospitality, Meeting Industry Confidence Feb 15
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Nearly two full months into 2023 and indicators are increasingly positive for the hospitality industry, with the latest jobs report further boosting industry confidence. The January employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics saw the overall economy add 517,000…

ALHI, Hosts Global Enter into Strategic Partnership Feb 15
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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) and Hosts Global, a strategic partner for meeting and event planners worldwide, have entered a strategic partnership designed to bring expanded destination service support to sought-after locations across the globe. The alignment…

Awards & Accolades Abound at Margaritaville Lake Resort Jan 31
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Known for Serious Learning & Serious Fun , the Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston artfully blends world class convention space for dynamic business meetings with an iconic lake latitude and island attitude. Plan your next meeting at the resort, located just one…

Margaritaville Lake Resort Staff Now Delos Wellness Certified Jan 31
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The Delos Certificate for Meetings & Events, designed in partnership with ALHI and backed by scientific research, is an engaging certificate program designed to educate hoteliers and meeting planners on the benefits and value of wellness meetings. Graduates of the program…

5 Questions for Hotel Industry, Meeting Planners to Ponder Entering 2023 Jan 13
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Jan Freitag is National Director, Hospitality Analytics for the CoStar Group. He oversees a variety of projects, all charged with the accumulation and interpretation of U.S. lodging data. He is a sought-after public speaker and is frequently quoted in trade publications and the…

Top 10: Most Read ALHI Insider Stories in 2022 Dec 06
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Here’s a look back at the 10 most read stories from the ALHI Insider newsletter in 2022. 1. Interview with a Planner: How the Delos Wellness Certificate Can Improve the Meetings Experience 2. Group Incentive Travel is Back in a Big Way 3. Delos Nutrition Expert Offers…

ALHI Members Supported Local Communities in 2022 Dec 06
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“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth,” said late—and legendary—boxer Mohammed Ali. Associated Luxury Hotels International members helped their communities through a variety of charitable organizations throughout 2022. Here…

Meet the MGM Resorts Outside of Las Vegas Nov 21
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MGM Resorts vision for meetings can be found around the country at its regional destinations. Attendees everywhere need live events for the networking and moments of inspiration that they provide. MGM Resorts deliver those experiences at resorts and venues across the United…

Kempinski Hotels’ 125th Anniversary Defined by Luxury, Service Nov 07
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Successful in business as a wine merchant and restaurateur, Berthold Kempinski was also a consummate host, with a true passion for people and hospitality. In 1897 Berlin, he set an enduring benchmark for exceptional service and luxury with the first hotel to bear his name. As…

Part 2: Winter Cocktails Heat Up the Season Oct 27
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Around the ALHI world, special drinks—hot and cold—are emerging for winter, and we share the recipes in Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1: Winter Cocktails Heat Up the Season Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach All Inclusive Created by Infinite Club Butler…

Winter Cocktails Heat Up the Season Oct 21
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With winter looming, there’s a chill in the air. As holiday festivities embark, from family and office gatherings to weddings, an important part of the special event is selecting beverages to accompany the celebration. Whether hot or chilled, signature cocktails have…

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa: Wellness Thoughtfully Woven Oct 11
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Imagine fresh bundles of lavender to promote relaxation greeting business travelers in their guest rooms. Groups dining amid lush olive trees and, for team building experiences, meetings and incentive attendees, having options like learning how to make bath salts and body oils…

7 More Must-Visit Hotels That Are Destinations Within Destinations Sep 13
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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series showcasing thoughtfully themed hotels within the ALHI portfolio that are destinations within destinations—the kinds of properties that as soon as you step foot on them, you’re transported to another time…

NCLH Delivers for Incentive Groups Sep 12
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When Florida-based JM&A Group plans incentive trips for its nationwide customer base of car dealership owners, general managers and decision-makers, finding the “best” in travel is priority one. “Our dealers have multiple choices when it comes to…

Destination: Washington, D.C. Aug 17
Washington

Destination: Washington, D.C.

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For all of its notoriety and high-powered residents, Washington, D.C. is, at its heart, a city of neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. From the buzz of Capitol Hill to the elegance of Georgetown, the Bohemian-chic of Dupont Circle to the museums and monuments that line the…

5 Hotels That Are Destinations Within Destinations Aug 10
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From the moment you begin your approach to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, you’ll realize you’re somewhere special. The winding road evokes a drive through Italy’s wine region foreshadowing your stay at a property that’s not just…

Jekyll Island Club Resort Blends Gilded Age Glamour and Modern Luxury Aug 08
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Maybe it’s the live oak trees festooned with Spanish moss as well as the salt-tinged breezes courtesy of the Atlantic Ocean. Or perhaps it's the stately Queen Anne-style Clubhouse and the lush green lawn where guests play leisurely rounds of croquet. It could be the…

Hit a Hole-in-One with Golf Course Weddings Jul 25
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Many people have a vision of what they’d like their wedding day to look like from the time they’re young children. That vision likely includes the dream of getting married on a beach or in a beautiful garden or such. Others may not be that concerned about the…

ECPAT-USA Honors Leaders in Anti-Trafficking Movement Jul 15
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ECPAT-USA, the leading anti-child trafficking organization seeking to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the U.S., will honor four leaders in the anti-trafficking movement at its annual Freedom Awards benefit this September. The recipients of this year’s…

Knowledge Key to Prevention in Fight Against Human Trafficking Jul 15
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Human trafficking is called a modern-day form of slavery, and it is a scourge that knows no boundaries. For all the progress that has been made in raising awareness to the horrors of human trafficking, sadly, the notion persists that human trafficking only happens somewhere else…

Full Speed Ahead Jul 14
Florida

Full Speed Ahead

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When Florida-based JM&A Group plans incentive trips for its nationwide customer base of car dealership owners, general managers and decision-makers, finding the “best” in travel is priority one. “Our dealers have multiple choices when it comes to…

5 Hawaiian Honeymoon Destinations Jul 13
Hotel Insider

5 Hawaiian Honeymoon Destinations

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You don’t have to leaf through too many colorful pages of travel magazines and internet sites to be captured by the spell of Hawaii’s magical beauty, mystical culture and fascinating legends, many of which are linked for all time to the natural wonders found…

The Americano: Modern in Approach, Italian in Spirit Jul 12
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Located in the recently reimagined InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta and helmed by Chef Scott Conant, The Americano is an Italian steakhouse that is modern in approach and Italian in spirit. The luxurious restaurant offers a sophisticated, moody atmosphere that complements the…

InterContinental Buckhead: A Newly Redesigned Classic Jul 12
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Anchored by understated, excellent service and a classic southern charm, the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta embarks on a new era of classic luxury following the completion of an expansive redesign. The iconic hotel features spacious newly transformed executive rooms, a…

Spotlight on 10 ALHI Properties for Luxury Weddings Jun 23
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Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress is a one-of-a-kind initiative that brings together the world’s biggest celebrity wedding planners, royalty specialists and destination wedding experts, including Kimberly Richmond, Global Director of Sales, Destination Weddings…

Sizzling Hot Summer Wedding Appetizers Jun 23
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Sizzling Hot Summer Wedding Appetizers

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Conventional wisdom has taught us that the easiest way to someone's heart may very likely be via the stomach. While this is by no means a novel concept, it may be more the trend these summer days as couples look for ways to incorporate unique food elements into their wedding…

Fall Season Adds Color to Weddings Jun 23
Hotel Insider

Fall Season Adds Color to Weddings

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No matter where you live, autumn generally is a special season for everyone. For many, memories of golden meadows shadowed by brilliantly hued fall foliage and scents of long-ago campfires are sure to stir nostalgia in one’s soul. Not only is it a season of transition, it…

Elvis Is In The Building Jun 17
Hotel Insider

Elvis Is In The Building

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Editor's Note: Austin Butler, who played the lead role in the movie Elvis, has won a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for his performance. He is nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards, March 12, 2023. Well, since my baby left me Well, I found a new place to dwell Well…

Destination Weddings by ALHI Debuts Jun 15
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Destination Weddings by ALHI Debuts

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Cue the Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengrin, better known as “Here Comes the Bride.” Welcome to Destination Weddings by ALHI. Well-known and respected within the travel and hospitality industry, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has been a trusted…

Meetings Have Never Been More Inspired Jun 07
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Located just outside of Palm Springs, California, and tucked into the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in Indian Wells, the newly reimagined Miramonte Resort & Spa offers an exceptional venue for meetings and events. Meeting Space Highlights 35,000 square feet of flexible…

A Modern Retreat with Newly Luxurious Guestrooms Jun 07
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Reminiscent of a classic Spanish Mediterranean estate, grand archways at Miramonte Resort & Spa welcome delegates to newly upgraded guestrooms and suites housed in two-story, bougainvillea-covered bungalows. All rooms are woven between 11 acres of fragrant citrus trees and…

Introducing the Newest Hotels to Join the ALHI Global Portfolio May 18
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Get ready to explore all the new destinations ALHI's added to its global portfolio. From the east coast to the west coast and everything in between, ALHI's portfolio has an array of options perfect for your next group meeting. ALHI New hotels and resorts - Domestic…

Multimillion-Dollar Upgrades Await in Paradise May 17
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For nearly 25 years, Atlantis Paradise Island has been committed to delivering lifelong memories by providing outstanding service and unique, immersive group experiences that build meaningful connections to the environment, the Bahamian culture, and the people of their community…

Celebrity Chef Restaurants at Atlantis Bahamas May 17
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Groups can already enjoy innovative flavors curated by some of the most renowned chefs in the world when staying at Atlantis Paradise Island, including Michelin star-rated Chefs, Nobu Matsuhisa, and José Andrés. Later this year, Chef Michael White, a multi-starred New…

Reimagined Rooms at The Royal May 17
Hotel Insider

Reimagined Rooms at The Royal

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Centrally located, The Royal at Atlantis Paradise Island is one of the most iconic landmarks in all of The Bahamas. The renovation of the rooms at The Royal reveals a combination of Bahamian hospitality and comfort with superior design. New elements honor the natural seascape of…

Why Planners Return to The Intercontinental Miami Apr 29
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With over 135,000 square feet of event and meeting space, planners have a variety of choice at the InterContinental Miami. But the property goes beyond that; the team passion to create truly memorable experiences with authentic local flavor is a reflection of the testimonials…

Benefits of Ocean Views Are Easy to Sea Apr 28
Hotel Insider

Benefits of Ocean Views Are Easy to Sea

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“Architects love natural sunlight,” stated Tonya Horsley, director, meetings and registration, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), when speaking about venue selection on a MICE panel at NYC & Company’s annual meeting this March. What goes for the…

Groups find 300 Days of Sunshine at Reno-Tahoe Apr 18
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When the meeting of the day is done, attendees looking for ways to unwind can find how at Peppermill Reno Hotel Resort. The resort is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and surrounded by more than the bustling activities on the valley floor. With an average of…

Peppermill Resort Uncovers Latest Renovations Apr 18
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Peppermill Resort Spa Casino opened in 1971 as a family-owned-and-operated coffee shop and lounge, and has since become a Reno landmark for meetings and conventions. In January 2022, the resort unveiled the renovation of its meeting spaces that now offer a more modern…

Campus-Style Event Space with Outdoor Connectivity Apr 16
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Town and Country Resort features a fun, authentic mid-century modern design, with 295,050 square feet of campus-style indoor and outdoor meeting space. Meeting Space Highlights Golden State Hall: 41,000 square foot ballroom, the largest outside of the San Diego Convention Center…

Charming and Luxurious Cottages, Suites and Homes Apr 05
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Carneros Resort and Spa expands across 28 acres, blending a "from the land" philosophy with modern resort accommodations, at 100 cottages, suites, and private homes. Cottages and Suites Inspired by the local countryside and lifestyle of Napa Valley and named after local…

New Garden-Side Event Space Apr 05
California

New Garden-Side Event Space

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In 2021, Carneros Resort and Spa unveiled eight new raised-bed culinary gardens, an extension of its existing farm-to-table program and maintaining its agriculture roots. The new gardens feature 50 varieties of organic herbs and vegetables as well as fresh eggs from the…

Ultimate Space Flexibility with Scenic Views of Napa Valley Apr 04
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Carneros Resort and Spa offer a memorable setting with the ultimate flexibility for a wine-country meeting or event. Planners are fortunate to choose among 28,000 square feet of inspiring indoor and outdoor venues. The versatility of their spaces will impress attendees from an…

ALHI Golf Properties Support Community Events Mar 22
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When the eighth annual Birdies for Breast Cancer golf fundraising event takes place at Terranea Resort this October, the impact in the local community will be life changing. Since the partnership with Terranea began in 2015, about $60,000 has been raised to support Cancer Support…

Turtle Bay’s Kuilima Farm Connects Guests to Oʻahu’s Land Mar 22
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Imagine this: Kuilima Farm produces 700 pounds of produce weekly for restaurants and bars at Turtle Bay Resort on O'ahu’s North Shore in Hawaii. Contrast that with the fact that currently, more than 85 percent of the state’s food is imported. That means Kuilima…

See What Planners Are Saying About This All Inclusive Resort  Mar 07
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It’s the people that make the place, as they say, and that could not be more true at Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun All-Inclusive Spa Resort. The resort prides itself that the tenured staff was kept on aduring the pandemic and relaunch, meaning the…

Group Incentive Travel is Back in a Big Way Feb 28
Industry Updates

Group Incentive Travel is Back in a Big Way

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Incentive travel is back, and in a big way. At InterContinental Boston, groups on incentive trips can embark on a memorable whale-watching tour, spotting acrobatic humpback and finback whales in the Stellwagen Bank. At Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe in Texas , a…

5 Historic European Hotels Suited for Incentive Programs Feb 25
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With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, incentive or rewards programs are primed to boost travel to Europe. From Denmark to the Netherlands, to Germany, France, Switzerland and more, the news from Europe continues to trend toward fewer, and in some cases, no restrictions for…

Explore Reimagined Guest Rooms at Turtle Bay Resort Feb 22
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Turtle Bay's renovation continues under the direction of esteemed designer Dianna Wong. Taking cues from the North Shore’s natural beauty to make over the hotel, she incorporated materials such as reclaimed woods, monkeypod, hand-stitched leather, and organic fabrics…

Turtle Bay's Ocean Bungalows Offer Waterfront Privacy Feb 21
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Turtle Bay Resort has introduced a new room category, The Ocean Bungalows. Grouped in clusters of six, the 42 expansive, private accommodations are just steps from the water, providing unparalleled views and ocean breezes. With towering 15-foot vaulted ceilings and private lanais…

Destination: Chicago Feb 08
Industry Updates

Destination: Chicago

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Long before French settlers arrived in 1673, tall prairie grass and forests of spruce and poplar covered the land by Lake Michigan. Native Americans named this fertile earth “Chicagoua” after the wild garlic that still grows in the region. Redolent with history…

Miami's Brickell is the Vibrant New City Center Feb 08
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You may already know downtown Miami and the Brickell neighborhood as the city’s financial district. Yet this sophisticated city core deserves further introduction, especially if it’s been a while since your last visit. Surrounded by the sparkling Biscayne Bay…

SkyLawn: Downtown Miami’s Most Versatile Event Space Feb 02
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Boasting 360-degree views of Miami’s iconic skyline and glistening Biscayne Bay, SkyLawn at InterContinental Miami is the perfect outdoor venue for your next meeting or event. The versatility of SkyLawn will impress attendees from an intimate banquet to a large-scale…

Turtle Bay's Spaces Help You Find Inspiration in Every Corner Dec 23
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The Spirit of Aloha is hard to describe, but very easy to feel. It’s more than just a greeting. It’s kindness and harmony, warmth and caring. And for your next event, in this inspired place, it’s a difference you will notice. An ordinary event turned into an…

Dive In and Discover The All New Turtle Bay Dec 23
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Welcoming New Ohana and Old at The Reimagined Turtle Bay A rare gem of a destination. A truly iconic Hawaiiian landmark. The only resort of its kind anywhere on the North Shore of O’ahu. A truly authentic island experience. Welcome to Turtle Bay. The resort been on the…

Eye on Europe: The 2022 MICE Outlook Dec 23
United Kingdom

Eye on Europe: The 2022 MICE Outlook

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With restrictions dropping across Europe, planners can start looking ahead to transatlantic meetings Denmark, home to Tivoli Hotel and Copenhagen Island, became the first European Union (EU) country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions at the beginning of February. By the third week…

What You Need to Know About Traveling to Atlantis Dec 22
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Atlantis Paradise Island and The Bahamas are safely welcoming visitors Paradise Island’s sun-soaked beaches and tranquil azure waters already make it one of the world’s most desired warm-weather escapes. But Atlantis Paradise Island, a beachfront resort in The…

Destination: Atlanta Dec 06
Georgia

Destination: Atlanta

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It seems like travelers are divided into two camps. Either they’ve traveled through Atlanta, home to the busiest airport in the world, but never stopped long enough to explore the actual city itself, or they are among its faithful friends that cannot visit enough. From the…

Omni La Costa Transforms Carlsbad into a Meeting Mecca Nov 17
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On the map, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa sits high above the bustle of downtown San Diego, and just below the amusement park buzz of Orange County, positioned in the little-known seaside village of Carlsbad, offering respite from city life and easy access to California…

MGM Unique Venues Create Synergy  Nov 10
Hotel Insider

MGM Unique Venues Create Synergy 

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At MGM Resorts, we accepted the challenge of ensuring that our meeting experiences and options are not only robust and plentiful, but inspirational as well. With meeting and event professionals in mind, we continue to reinvest in our wide range of offerings—including…

Going Local at Atlantis Oct 04
Hotel Insider

Going Local at Atlantis

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Groups Experience the Best of Bahamian Culture Right at the Resort On Bahamian Independence Day this year, July 10, Atlantis Paradise Island burst into a kaleidoscope of confetti-colored Carnival-esque costumes. Local dancers and marching bands, including the Royal Bahamas Police…

Hotels Up the Guest Room Wow Factor Sep 30
Hotel Insider

Hotels Up the Guest Room Wow Factor

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Properties from the Atlantic to the Adriatic are debuting sophisticated upgrades to rooms and suites In the same spirit as homeowners who spent the pandemic revamping their own digs, many hotel owners over the past year and a half focused on expanding and upgrading accommodation…

Transformation Underway at Miramonte Resort & Spa  Sep 23
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A refresh of the The Miramonte Resort & Spa is currently underway. The resort, located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains offers stunning views and a host of on-site amenities including a full-service spa and adjacent golf course. The resort is the a premier place for…

Cruising into 2022 for Incentive & Reward Programs Sep 09
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NCLH Takes Major Steps for Passenger Safety As the cruise industry sets sail once again, the question of guest safety is top of mind when it comes to COVID-19 protocols. Each cruise line’s individual COVID health rules varies, which can make it a challenge for cruisers or…

Save Marine Life when you Meet at Atlantis Aug 11
Hotel Insider

Save Marine Life when you Meet at Atlantis

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Groups Booking Experiences at Dolphin Cay Help Fund the Nonprofit Atlantis Blue Project Foundation When Manny-T the manatee was rescued in The Bahamas a few years ago, he was in dire straits. Weighing in at a scant 365 pounds, less than half the healthy weight for a manatee his…