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ALHI debuts new hotel and resort meeting guide

alhiAssociated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has just published the 2010-2011 ALHI National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities, which is a directory for choosing which resorts and hotels are specifically designed and operated for meetings, incentive and recognition programs, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE).

“Since ALHI recognizes the planners’ 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 CEO of ALHI. “Our comprehensive 162-page annual directory features over 100,000 rooms, and over 10 million square feet of incredible meeting space options, providing ALHI the distinction of the best portfolio for meetings and conventions in the upper-tier and luxury set. Our guide is designed for planners and executives to work together with us to build a successful event with ALHI’s portfolio of more than 125 four and five-diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide.”

Established in 1986, ALHI is a prestigious dues-based organization, which is dedicated exclusively, and authorized specifically by the members it serves. There is no cost to organizations to utilize the national sales services of ALHI.

Featuring large photography, with easy-to-find descriptions and critical facts about each property, the guide presents a worldwide portfolio of all available resorts.

“Our annual guide has proven to be an extremely valuable and sought after resource for executives,” said Gabri. “It is a terrific tool to develop and consider options.”

Additionally according to Gabri, it is a useful tool our industry advisory council has helped us develop, and can be used extensively to discuss possibilities and narrow options for programs of all types. Planners love the table-top format which provides an overview of outstanding member hotels and resorts, as well as quick-on-the-facts detailed information about accommodations, meeting spaces and facilities, unique attributes and access.

New in the guide this year is a section on ALHI’s newly-defined specialty segments that make it easier for planners to identify properties that could suit their particular desires and needs.

The new specialty segments include
•  ALHI Level 5 collection, consisting of ALHI’s 17 member hotels and resorts that have earned the highest and most distinctive recognitions; including the prestigious AAA five-diamond rating, and/or the esteemed Forbes (Mobil) five-star rating.
•  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
•  Mountain Resorts collection, for planners desiring to conduct programs with inspiring mountain views.
•  ALHI Historic collection, consisting of 36 legendary hotels and resorts with more than 50 years of heritage.
•  ALHI U-200 Gems collection, consisting of ALHI members with 200 rooms or under, which specialize in serving meeting and incentive programs.

Planners value resource
“This sourcebook, combined with the expertise of our helpful sales team, helps planners identify ideal solutions for their specific programs,” said Gabri. “It is an idea book. It provides a comprehensive base of knowledge. Our national sales team is experienced in sharing insight on the portfolio, and once we narrow the options with planners, our website provides planners with incremental details, and other vital information to advance ideas. The combination has become very popular with planners, all leading to specific property site visits which we arrange.”
Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists have utilized ALHI’s services for nearly 25 years, with reliable one-call sales assistance
“This guide really is a ‘friend’ for planners who seek quality venues for their programs, which can often provide the very best return on investment,” said Gabri. “This new ALHI Guide will be an invaluable resource.”
To request a free copy of the new 2010-2011 ALHI Art of Distinction facilities guide, call 866-303-ALHI (2544), or visit www.alhi.com



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