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June 7, 2017

ALHI Expands Into Cuba

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Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), an independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, has expanded its Caribbean options with the recent addition of two new hotels. 

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which just opened in Havana, Cuba, in early June, is ALHI’s first member in Cuba. The 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 cruises to Cuba, through its Global Luxury Alliance members Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

With the new additions, ALHI now has 29 hotels and resorts in 12 countries and territories throughout the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean region. ALHI’s worldwide portfolio includes more than 250 hotels and resorts, which are either independent or are with an independent hotel brand, and which specialize in serving the meetings, incentives, conventions, conferences, exhibitions and events marketplace.

Mark Sergot, chief sales officer of ALHI, said the company added the two new hotels in response to demand for meeting and incentive options in the Caribbean. 

“Beautiful San Juan continues to be a very popular choice for groups, and Cuba is an exciting new option for planners to consider,” Sergot said in a written release.

Originally built between 1894 and 1917 as the first European-style shopping arcade in Cuba, the 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 has 246 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 has a 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 10 minutes from the famous Castillo del Morro, and 30 minutes from Havana Jose Marti International Airport.

The El San Juan Hotel sits on the longest stretch of white-sand beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Originally opened in 1958, after a $60 million property-wide transformation, which was completed in February 2017, the 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 views of the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, the hotel has 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 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 cruise ships (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises) appropriate for meetings and incentive programs, with ports of call in 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 explore the people, art, history and culture of the island, which are in compliance with OFAC regulations.

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