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ALHI debuts new sales guide for meeting facilities

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has just published its new “2011-2012 ALHI National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” the ultimate meeting planners resource guide from which to identify resorts and hotels of distinction that are specifically designed and operated for meetings, incentive/recognition programs, conventions and exhibitions (MICE), that could be ideal for their specific events.

“This new guide is essentially ALHI’s playbook for meeting planners who are seeking perfect platforms for their programs,” said David Gabri, ALHI president and CEO. “It is the ultimate guide for meeting planners, as it can Inspire, spark the Imagination, and help to Identify the resorts or hotels that can best suit their specific programs.”

Established in 1986, ALHI is a dues-based National Sales Organization (NSO) that is dedicated exclusively and authorized specifically by the more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond member hotels and resorts that it serves. There is no cost to planners’ or executives’ organizations to use the NSO services, expertise and account advocacy of ALHI, as its members’ dues fund the National Sales Organization to serve planners with local professionals.

“Our 156-page annual directory is a consolidated resource for meeting professionals, incentive specialists, association executives, and business executives to quickly and easily access information regarding more than 130 of the very best hotels and resorts in the world for meetings and programs,” said Gabri. “The comprehensive guide features more than 100,000 rooms and over 10 million square feet of exceptional meeting space options, providing ALHI the distinction of literally offering the very best portfolio for meetings, conventions and incentive/recognition programs in the upper-tier and luxury set.”

Featuring large photography, with easy-to-find “at a glance” descriptions and critical facts about each property, the guide presents ALHI’s distinctive worldwide portfolio of extraordinary meeting and incentive resorts, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, island destinations, golf resorts, historic and landmark properties, resorts with spas and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.

“Our ALHI Industry Advisory Council helped us develop the guide, and it can be very useful in identifying possibilities and for narrowing options for programs of all types,” said Gabri. “Many planners have expressed to us that they love the table-top format which provides an overview of each of our outstanding member hotels and resorts, as well as ‘quick on the facts’ detailed information about the accommodations, meeting spaces and facilities, unique attributes and access.”

For even easier navigations, the guide also features a section on ALHI’s 10 distinctive Specialty Segments, which make it very easy for planners to identify properties that will suit their programs’ unique desires and specific needs. The ALHI Specialty Segments include: the “ALHI Big Box 5-50 Solutions Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 26 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; and the “ALHI Level 5 Collection,” consisting of ALHI’s 18 hotels and resorts that have earned the highest and most distinctive recognitions including the AAA Five-Diamond rating, and/or the Forbes (Mobil) Five-Star rating.

Other ALHI Specialty Segments include: the “ALHI City Solutions Collection,” featuring ALHI’s 50 Four- and Five-Diamond quality city center hotels that are specifically designed to serve meetings and programs; the “ALHI Historic Collection,” consisting of 31 legendary hotels and resorts with more than 50 years of heritage; the “ALHI Mountain Collection,” for planners desiring to conduct programs with inspiring mountain views; the “ALHI U-200 Gems Collection,” consisting of ALHI members with 200 rooms or under, which specialize in serving meeting and incentive programs; and the “ALHI Golf Collection,” consisting of ALHI’s 45 Four- and Five-Diamond golf resorts that cater to the meetings and incentive marketplaces.

“This convenient sourcebook, combined with the expertise of our helpful and knowledgeable ALHI National Sales team professionals, helps planners identify potential and often ideal solutions for their specific programs,” said Gabri. “The guide provides a comprehensive base of knowledge to help the planner review potential options for their next meeting, convention or incentive/recognition program; and share the concepts with colleagues.”

Meeting professionals, association executives, and incentive specialists have used ALHI’s National Sales services for 25 years, with one-call professional sales assistance and access to their hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500 rooms.

To request a free copy of the new “2011-2012 ALHI National Sales Guide To Meeting Facilities,” or for more information about ALHI and its distinctive member hotels and resorts, contact your nearest ALHI National Sales Office, call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit www.alhi.com.

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