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September 4, 2018

Supplier News: New From ALHI, ACCESS Destination Services

Hotel and destination management company updates lead this week's supplier news affecting the meeting and events industry.

ALHI Adds Seven Members

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has increased its domestic and international footprint with the addition of new hotels and brands in destinations with emerging meeting and incentive markets. New properties in the company’s portfolio include Park Hotel Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Apurva Kempinski Bali in Bali, Indonesia; The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, in Singapore; Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, CA; the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA; and the the Fairmont Dallas Hotel and newly renovated Hotel Crescent Court, both located in Dallas, TX.

Park Hotel Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Park Hotel Amsterdam is home to an exclusive local art gallery and homemade sweet treats in the lobby. Located in the fashion district and a short walk from the city’s must-see museums, the hotel’s 189 accommodations offer views of the city and iconic canals. Each room and suite is styled with contemporary interior design, and the hotel is also equipped with an in-house parking garage, a 24-hour gym and over 7,500 square feet of indoor meeting space with free Wi-Fi, top epicurean offerings and more.

The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Bali, Indonesia: Slated to open in the fall or winter of 2018, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is located in southern Bali. The hotel has 475 rooms, suites and villas, 60 percent of which include a private plunge pool. The hotel also has more than 35,000 square feet of meeting space with rooms that feature natural light and views of the sea, a spa that offers indigenous spa treatments, and a signature restaurant. The property is approximately 20 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport by car. 

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Republic of Singapore: This hotel is within walking distance of major landmarks like the Parliament, Victoria Theatre, the Singapore Art Museum and the National Gallery Singapore. The hotel has 157 rooms and suites, as well as 4,950 square feet of indoor meeting space, including private dining rooms, ballrooms, and an open show kitchen and event salon. Those staying at the hotel also have direct access to the Capitol Theatre, which can be used for galas, conferences and red-carpet events. Other amenities include a saltwater relaxation pool and dining options inspired by the hotel’s European heritage and the city’s rich food culture.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, CA: Set atop the scenic bluffs of Santa Monica Beach, the hotel has been a city landmark since its opening in 1921. The hotel has 302 guestrooms and suites with views of the Pacific and Santa Monica Beach, and 32 garden bungalows, designed to have low impact on the environment. Additional features of the hotel include over 25,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a Mediterranean inspired bistro serving dishes made of locally sourced and organically grown in-season ingredients and the Exhale Mind Body Spa, a partnership with the New York Exhale Mind Body Spa.

Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA: Paradise Point Resort & Spa is set on a private 44-acre island in Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and attractions like SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Old Town and more. The luxury hotel has 462 bungalow-style guest rooms and 80,000 square feet of event space, including waterfront venues, lawn view meeting rooms and ballrooms. The property also has a spa, waterfront dining, five swimming pools, beach bonfire pits, a marina, and recreation options.

Fairmont Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX: Situated within the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District, Fairmont Dallas has 545 luxury accommodations with downtown city views. Designed to fulfill the needs of business and leisure travelers, the hotel also has more than 70,000 square feet of meeting space and easy access to Dallas airports, Dallas’ cultural arts centers, shopping, and nightlife. Other amenities include a rooftop pool terrace, four-star dining at an award-winning restaurant, fitness centers and more.

Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas, TX: Located in downtown Dallas, the newly renovated hotel has 226 guestrooms and suites, a spa, a fitness center that offers an array of classes, a rooftop swimming pool, and fine-dining and casual brunch options. With 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the hotel has boardrooms, glamorous ballrooms and more.

These recent additions bring ALHI’s current portfolio to more than 250 hotels and resorts worldwide, including four hotels in the Netherlands, two hotels in Singapore, two hotels in Indonesia, 31 hotels in California, and 12 hotels in Texas.

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ACCESS Destination Services Launches New National Sales Team

Destination management company ACCESS Destination Services has launched a new National Sales Team under the direction of Chief Sales Officer Gregg Herning, formerly of MGM Resorts. The ACCESS National Sales Team is comprised of industry veterans Sterena Strickland, Stacey Crivello, and Jennifer Witherington. Each will assume the title of director, national accounts. 

Sterena Strickland brings more than 20 years of experience at ACCESS to the role, including her time as regional vice president of sales. Stacey Crivello has been with ACCESS for over 13 years and most recently served as regional account director. For more than 20 years, Jennifer Witherington has been a leader in the hospitality industry and joined the ACCESS team as national director of business development in 2016.

San Francisco’s The Marker Wraps Meeting Space, Lobby Reno

Joie de Vivre Hotels’ The Marker in San Francisco has completed a major renovation project that includes a revamp of its meeting and event spaces. The redesign, which also includes the property’s lobby and Living Room, draws inspiration from the Beaux-Arts period. 

The redesign of the 208-room hotel, which is housed in a historic 1910 building originally opened as the Hotel Bellevue, was created by the Perkins+Will design firm with project lead Jacqueline McGee. Here are some highlights:

Meeting and Event Spaces – The Marker has more than 12,000 square feet of meeting spaces and ballrooms across 18 rooms. Spaces can welcome as many as 300 guests for larger celebrations or 12 or fewer for intimate gatherings. Continuing to draw inspiration from the area’s entertainment history and The Maltese Falcon, the hotel uses signature landmarks and characters from the novel to rebrand the new meeting room spaces with including: “Bellevue” (the previous name of the hotel), “Belvedere,” “Wonderly,” “Falcon,” “Hammett,” “Spade,” “Archer,” and “Bogart.” The Marker also offers interactive experiences for groups, including wine tasting classes, beer pairing workshops and a chocolate and wine class.

Lobby – Hanging over the entry, guests walk into the hotel under custom lavender Murano-inspired chandeliers that each span more than seven feet in diameter. Also greeting guests at the entry is a super-sized theatrical bird cage, reaching 12 feet high, created by Shawn Man Roland and inspired by The Maltese Falcon. The central historic fireplace is highlighted by new bookshelves adorned with a colorful collection, including The Maltese Falcon. The grand staircase is now in a bold blue, and at the bottom is a tufted turquoise banquette made by local furniture maker Composition. The new floor is a patterned black and white tile that complements the original historic stone flooring.

Living Room – Directly off the lobby, guests can enjoy the new Living Room, which offers lively urban street views. The literary narrative, inspired by The Maltese Falcon, continues in this space with metallic wall coverings of printed books created by Aztek. New wood floors, custom patterned rugs from Surya, and custom furniture throughout reflect the bold design narrative. Guests can gather in the Living Room for complimentary morning coffee and tea, as well as a wine reception and live local music daily in the late afternoon.

Artists Gallery – This space hosts a collection of rotating art work from local artists. The current collection was curated by Jacqueline McGee along with SFMOMA Artists Gallery, which represents and supports Northern California artists at all stages of their careers.

Displayed throughout the grand staircase and within the Living Room, the exhibit currently features pieces by famed photographer John F. Martin, who has the exclusive rights to photograph actors backstage at the San Francisco Opera; celebrated artist Mark Ashworth, whose renowned paintings are references to real objects or places, while others are purely abstract designs; and artist Ferris Plock, who creates highly detailed works, often character-based paintings on wood panel that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. 

Catering – Managing all catering for The Marker is the team at Tratto, the hotel’s stand-alone modern Italian trattoria and bar. Renovated and re-concepted in 2016 by Puccini Group, Tratto serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner, along with a selection of California and Italian wines and beers as well as a craft cocktail program.

Distinctive catering options are available for special occasions, casual events, and board meetings, with menus concepted specifically for a range of group sizes throughout the day based on both traditional favorites and themes reflective of the hotel's connection to The Maltese Falcon. The Farmhouse Breakfast features fresh local pastries, a seasonal vegetable quiche, and overnight chia seed parfait, and the Noir Brunch includes espresso waffles with Bourbon mocha syrup and a pork belly quiche, alongside other morning favorites. Chef-attended breakfast stations, such as a omelets and crepes, create an interactive experience to start the day. Four lunch selections include a variety of buffets inspired by global flavors, including the Casablanca, which features a toasted couscous-vegetable salad with a cilantro curry vinaigrette and Moroccan-spiced chicken breast, complemented by baklava for something sweet. The Downtown Deli buffet is ideal for meetings, with a variety of salads, soups, and sandwiches to please all palates. Whether dinner service is formatted as a buffet or plated experience, menu options feature highlights from the Tratto menu alongside dishes fit for a celebration, such as roasted pork tenderloin with potato-fennel gratin, wilted greens, caramelized apples, and a Dijon-cognac sauce.

For a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, The Marker offers a variety of break options, such as the Seventh Inning Stretch, with ballpark favorites, like a build-your-own nachos station, along with the Best of Tratto, with assorted salumi and artisan cheeses. Guests may enjoy a Coffee Break with a full espresso cart, cold brew coffee, and house-made cookies.

To elevate meetings and events to a more interactive level, guests can explore The Marker Experiences, including wine tasting sessions to deepen their knowledge of what’s in their glass and what foods to pair with which wines, hands-on cocktail classes complete with a take-home bottled cocktail, or an afternoon building their own pizzas, with a delicious payoff at the end. 

Tratto’s Beverage Director, Cynthia Tran, has crafted a selection of seasonal cocktails for brides and grooms to choose from. Options include: Pearification with Pear Vodka, Prosecco and Lemon; Rye Not with Rye Whiskey, Amaro, Sweet Vermouth and Maraschino Cranberry Mojito with Rum, Cranberries Lime and Mint; and Campari Loves Margarita with Tequila, Campari, Orange Marmalade and Grapefruit; among other choices.

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