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October 10, 2010

ALHI aims to bring Art of Distinction to planners

Meeting planners looking to add a touch of class to their events over the next 12 months could do far worse than to get hold of a copy of the latest edition of Associated Luxury Hotels International’s (ALHI) 2010-2011 National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities. 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, ALHI appears to have gone one step further with this year’s guide, entitled The Art of Distinction, and the beautifully presented “table top” design oozes quality and sophistication.

Over 162 pages, the directory features more than 100,000 rooms and in excess of 10 million square feet of meeting space options, across the organisation’s 125-plus four- and five-diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide.  Although the majority of ALHI’s member properties are in the US, the group also represents venues from Dubai, Spain, France, Mexico, Canada and the UK.


Distinct advantage: ALHI's guide offers planners an insight
into its high-end luxury venues


Specifically designed to cater for the meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions and exhibitions industry, the guide offers “at a glance” listings of all the member venues’ facilities, including Golf/Spa options, number of rooms, total meeting space and details of the largest meeting rooms available.

Stunning photography is supported by further commentary to give planners further insight into each resort’s accommodation, meetings facilities, dining and recreation and accessibility. ALHI’s website (www.alhi.com) also allows planners to get even more of a flavour for the portfolio.

“Since ALHI recognises planners’ talents and contributions to a meeting’s success as an ‘Art', and our ALHI portfolio features unique and distinctive meeting options, the directory is themed as the ‘Art of Distinction’,” said David Gabri, president and chief executive of ALHI. “Our annual guide has proved to be a valuable and sought-after resource for planners. It’s a terrific tool to develop and consider options for large and small meetings, special incentive and recognition programs, annual conventions and important executive retreats and board meetings.”

Gabri continued: “The guide has been created in association with our Industry Advisory Council to help support the needs of our members, and can be used extensively to discuss possibilities and narrow options for programmes of all types. To further help planners, this year we have included a section on our newly defined specialty segments that make it even easier for them to identify properties that could suit their particular needs.”

These specialty segments include: the ALHI Level 5 Collection consisting of the 17 member hotels and resorts that have earned the highest and most distinctive recognitions, including the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond rating, and/or the Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star rating; and the ALHI Big Box 5-50 Collection, featuring ALHI’s 27 member hotels and resorts that offer more than 500 rooms, feature over 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and have at least one 20,000-square-foot ballroom.

Other specialty segments include:  the Mountain Resorts Collection, for planners desiring to conduct programs with inspiring mountain views; the ALHI Historic Collection, consisting of 36 legendary hotels and resorts with more than 50 years of heritage; and the ALHI U-200 Gems Collection, consisting of ALHI members with 200 rooms or under that specialise in serving meeting and incentive programs.

“As much as anything this is an ideas book,” concluded Gabri. “It provides a comprehensive base of knowledge to help the planner review potential options for their next meeting, convention or incentive/recognition program; and share the concepts with colleagues.”

To request a free copy of the new 2010-2011 ALHI “Art of Distinction” facilities guide, call toll-free 866-303-ALHI (2544), or contact one of ALHI’s 16 national sales offices which can be found at www.alhi.com.

Look out for MEETINGS:review’s report on the Half Moon in Jamaica, one of ALHI’s venues, which will be appearing on the site shortly

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