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February 7, 2017

Supplier News: ALHI’s Big Acquisition, Mandarin Oriental Back in Hawaii

A major acquisition by Associated Luxury Hotels International’s (ALHI) parent company and a new Mandarin Oriental hotel across from the Hawaii Convention Center are this week’s top meetings industry supplier news.

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Associated Luxury Hotels is expanding its footprint in Europe with the acquisition of Frankfurt, Germany-based Worldhotels

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Associated Luxury Hotels owns and operates Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), an independent global sales organization serving the North American meetings and incentive marketplace for 30 years. ALHI and Worldhotels are both global groups of independent upper-upscale and luxury-level hotels and resorts and independent hotel brands around the world.

The acquisition expands each organization's geographic reach, market penetration, service offerings, competitiveness and profile, Associated Luxury Hotels said.

Worldhotels remains focused on serving individual business travelers, leisure travelers, meeting groups, and providing loyalty solutions for its 350 member hotels and resorts, offering 75,000 rooms, in 65 countries worldwide. ALHI will continue concentrating on the North American meetings, incentives and conventions marketplace for its membership of over 250 luxury-level independent hotels and resorts worldwide totaling 138,500 rooms; plus, their Global Alliance partnership including 23 luxury cruise ships, and Destination Management Companies in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI has 20 Global Sales offices across North America, staffed by 65 Global Sales professionals, and will add ALHI GSO sales offices in Europe in 2017. Worldhotels has 35 sales offices worldwide, with an organization of 140 sales professionals and expert staff.

Associated Luxury Hotels Chairman David Gabri said the company will operate ALHI and Worldhotels as separate divisions. Both portfolios include luxury-level and upper-upscale city center business hotels, resorts, historic hotels, lifestyle hotels and boutique hotels around the world.

Associated Luxury Hotels Chief Commercial Officer Tom Santora is also now Worldhotels' executive chairman, with Geoff Andrew continuing as Worldhotels' CEO in Frankfurt.

Visit www.alhi.com and www.worldhotels.com

mandarin oriental honolulu

In event hotel news, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced plans to open a new luxury hotel and residences in Honolulu, marking the first Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hawaii since The Kahala Hotel & Resort rebranded as an independent property in 2006.

As we reported last week, the project, which is slated to open in early 2020, will be adjacent to the Hawaii Convention Center and the Ala Moana Center. The Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will be the anchor of Mana'olana Place, a 36-story mixed-use tower with gardens and public plazas, currently being developed by Los Angeles-based Salem Partners. Located in the heart of the Ala Moana district, the hotel will also be a short walk to Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Beach.

The hotel’s 125 contemporary rooms and suites will be designed to reflect Hawaiian culture, together with features inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s heritage. The group will also manage 107 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, located on the Mana’olana tower’s upper floors, which will provide some of the most luxurious private homes on the island.

Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will also have a rooftop restaurant and bar with landscaped outdoor terraces, providing views of Diamond Head, Ala Moana Beach and Downtown Honolulu. There will also be a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and extensive banqueting and meeting spaces with views over the surrounding terraces and gardens.

In keeping with the Group’s wellness concepts, a Spa at Mandarin Oriental will offer holistic rejuvenation and relaxation with eight treatment rooms. Further leisure options include a fitness center and an outdoor swimming pool.

Visit www.mandarinoriental.com

hotel philips kansas city

Finally, in the world of boutique hotels and meeting venues,Hilton’s boutique Curio Collection has expanded into Kansas City with the opening of the revamped Hotel Phillips Kansas City

The historic 1930s-era hotel has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton following a $20 million renovation of its 216 guest rooms and suites and public areas. A member of the National Registry of Historic Places, this downtown landmark is in the heart of the Power and Light (P&L) district, near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Bartle Hall Convention Center and numerous restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment venues. 

For events, the hotel has over 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space that can accommodate up to 250 guests. A highlight is the 1,020-square-foot Crystal Ballroom, with a French architectural style reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s drawing room. Its 18-foot windows are framed by powder blue velvet draperies, and the room retains much of its 1930's plaster architectural detailing.

Events may also be held in eight meeting rooms, three boardrooms, or in the hotel’s open mezzanine. A fully-equipped business center is also available, as is complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas and guest rooms.

The hotel opened in 1931 as the tallest building in Kansas City. It gained national recognition for its Art Deco lobby, with elaborate bronze and nickel metalwork, walnut paneling, stylized light fixtures, gleaming marble walls and a black-glass ceiling that creates the illusion of endless space. The building’s multimillion dollar transformation preserved those unique designs, as well as the gilded 11-foot sculpture of Dawn, known as the Goddess of Hospitality, which stands watch over guests as they enter. 

Following the renovation, each guest room, suite and executive room blends the traditional ambiance of the Hotel Phillips with modern amenities. Select rooms have distinctive décor, such as a canopy bed with oversized headboard or an upgraded restroom with a claw footed soaker tub.

A new restaurant – Tavernonna Italian Kitchen – focuses on the history of Italian food, wine and cocktails. It was conceived by five-time James Beard Award nominee Michael Kornick and will be overseen by classically-trained Executive Chef Bryant Wigger, a Kansas City native. The upscale eatery will make use of fresh ingredients from local farms and vendors for both its traditional and contemporary dishes that includes house made pastas.

For an experience that harkens back to the hotel’s past, P.S. Speakeasy is an underground tavern offering hand-crafted cocktails, a late-night menu and weekend performances from local jazz musicians. For a quieter experience, Kilo Charlie is a coffee bar providing an extensive selection of hot and cold artisanal coffee drinks and brews, including drip coffee, espresso, French press, macchiatos, cappuccinos and more. With Kansas City named by a recent Travel + Leisure survey as one of the country’s top 10 U.S. cities for coffee, Kilo Charlie also serves local specialties. This includes its Draft Latte, which incorporates fresh milk into a pressurized nitro coffee mix, resulting in a creamy and sweet cold beverage.

Located 19 miles from Kansas City International Airport and two miles from Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, the hotel offers valet parking and access to the KC Downtown Streetcar line as well as the Country Club Plaza. Complimentary shuttle service is offered within three miles of the hotel.

Visit curio.com

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