Black Meetings and Tourism

July/Aug 2011

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HOTEL HAPPENINGS CITY SOLUTIONS ARE A BOOMING SEGMENT OF ALHI’S PORTFOLIO If you are seeking a hotel for yourmeeting in ametropolitan area youmay be interested in the specialty segment that was recently launched by Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). The “ALHI City Solutions Collection,” part of ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, features ALHI’s 59 Four- and Five- Diamond quality city center hotels which are specifically designed to serve meet- ings and programs. “ALHI has an impressive worldwide collection of distinctive and extraordi- nary city center hotels,” said David Gabri, president and CEO of ALHI. “The ‘ALHI City Solutions Collection’ is comprised of hotels in a variety of interest- ing and highly accessible cities, making it very quick and easy for planners to access ALHI’s array of outstanding options that could best fit their specific pro- gram needs. We have been experiencing significant demand from planners seek- ing our distinctive city center hotels and locations for their programs. This new specialty segment allows us to provide incredible options to answer the questions for our accounts before they are asked, to help accelerate recognition of recom- mendations when planners work with our professional NSO team.” ALHI is a prestigious dues-based national Sales organization, which is dedicated exclusively and authorized specifically by the 130+ Four- and Five-Diamond quality member hotels and resorts that it serves. Established in 1986,ALHI offers tomeeting professionals, incentive/recognition specialists,association executives,product launch specialists, and business executives over 100,000 rooms and suites, and more than 10 million sq. ft. of meeting space in its extraordinary portfolio of the best venues formeetings.There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to utilize theNational Sales services ofALHI, as itsmembers’ dues fund the National Sales organization to serve planners. STARWOOD LAUNCHES NEW RESORTS WEBSITE INCLUDING FIRST STARWOOD PREFERRED GUESTMEMBER-GENERATED FAVORITES LIST StarwoodHotels&ResortsWorldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and its award-winning Starwood PreferredGuest®(SPG) pro- gram recently announced the launch of, a new website to help travelers plan and purchase the perfect resort escape. Starwood’s research shows that leisure guests buy vacations based on the specific experiences theywant to havewhile trav- eling.That’s why the new centers on what visitors will see and experience while staying at any of Starwood’s over 200 resorts around the world. The site draws on images, including live webcams and actual resort footage, rather than words to show each breath taking resort. In addition, the “DiscoverYour PerfectResort” search process, the new resort com- pare feature, and social media plug-ins all pro- vide travelers with the most relevant content they need to pair the perfect Starwood resort with their vacation vision. “One of our members’ favorite SPG benefits is being able to stay in our inspiring collection of unmatched luxury resorts around the world.We developed to make it easy for themto explore each of these incredible resorts.” said Chris Holdren, senior vice president of Starwood Preferred Guest. “The highly visual website highlights the experiential aspect of trav- el through stunning photography alongwith new resort search and social functionality.” The launch of the site also coincides with the unveiling of the inaugural user-generated “SPG Member Favorites” list. For the first time, SPG 12 Black Meetings & Tourism July/August 2011:

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