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Published on : Thursday, May 28, 2015
The growing demand for lifestyle hotels and resorts by leisure travelers has migrated into the Meetings & Incentive (M&I) marketplace, with a noticeable surge in the demand by meeting professionals and incentive specialists for lifestyle hotels and resorts that specifically cater to meetings, conventions and/or incentive group programs.
Well-positioned to serve this growing demand is the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization, which represents more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality (mostly independent) hotels and resorts to the M&I marketplace. Notably, ALHI has been specifically serving the M&I market with its impressive variety of distinctive and unique hotels and resorts for nearly 30 years. Significantly, ALHI has seen a substantial surge in business and RFPs (Requests for Proposal) for their portfolio, year-over-year. More companies and associations are seeking unique and experiential hotels and resorts for their M&I programs to excite their attendees and motivate their constituents.
“The demand is definitely up for unique, independent and genuine lifestyle hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive programs,” said ALHI President Jim Schultenover. “Meeting professionals, incentive specialists and their program attendees are seeking one-of-a-kind luxury hotels and resorts that are known for their individuality and high quality, and which are prized for their distinctiveness, authenticity, personality, and personalization. Corporations and associations are seeking hotels and resorts that are known and lauded for providing unique and inspiring experiences, very attentive personal service, and much success for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. The market is demanding real experiences over just accommodations, as well as an environment where the message and experience is well-received, memorable, and original for their attendees and enterprise to advance. This perfectly describes our distinguished ALHI portfolio, which makes it easy to see why we’ve seen such a surge in demand.”
“The desire for independent luxury-level lifestyle hotels and resorts for meetings and programs has grown substantially,” said ALHI CEO David Gabri. “This is evident by the increased demand for our ALHI Global Sales Organization services for the Member hotels and resorts we serve, along with the sizable number of lifestyle brands that have recently been launched by the big hotel brands.”
Added Schultenover, “We are very proud that ALHI has been on this path for nearly 30 years, and are thrilled the market has so significantly shifted toward genuine lifestyle hotels and resorts. We have been, are, and will continue to be committed serving the M&I marketplace with these exceptional and unique hotels and resorts.”