Published on : Tuesday, August 26, 2014
If a Four- or Five-Diamond quality all-inclusive group plan is desirable for your meeting or incentive/recognition program, you should contact the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization, which now offers more than 50 all-inclusive group options within its worldwide portfolio.
This includes an array of attractive program choices in the Caribbean, and – surprisingly to some – many enticing AAA Four- and Five-Diamond opportunities across the U.S. as well.
“All-inclusive options are becoming increasingly popular for incentive/recognition programs, and for meetings too,” said David Gabri, CEO of ALHI, which is a prestigious Global Sales Organization (GSO) that serves the North American meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace with its Global Sales Organization responsibilities for its membership of more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide.
“Whereas ‘all-inclusive’ may be thought of exclusively for leisure travelers, and perhaps a bit more routine, All-Inclusive now has grown to become an appealing – widely accepted – quality-driven option for meeting professionals and incentive specialists,” said Gabri.
Gabri continued, “There can be benefits to conducting meetings and incentive programs at properties that offer this all-inclusive option to groups, just as there are many advantages to selecting a more traditional plan at a hotel and/or resort that does not offer this. With all-inclusive resorts – such as with many of the Members of ALHI’s ‘Caribbean Collection’ specialty segment – one rate covers the guest rooms, food, drinks and scheduled entertainment.
The rate also may even include appealing recreational options like boats, snorkeling, and scuba diving. So one of the biggest advantages of using an all-inclusive resort is that it makes budgeting the entire program much easier, as the planner knows practically all of the costs up front. This can be particularly appealing for planners who have tight budgets from which they cannot miss.”
Another advantage clients have shared, according to Gabri, is that attendees like that they do not need to worry about paying for any food & beverage, recreational activities, or basic incremental charges when at the resort or hotel, and can essentially “leave their wallet at home.”
ALHI Four- and Five-Diamond resorts and hotels offering an all-inclusive group package option are impressively diverse, with options available in the Caribbean region, and across the U.S. Planners can select from 50+ ALHI hotels, resorts and ships that offer this option. For more information on these options, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office for guidance and insights. Visiting the “ALHI Team” section on www.alhi.com will provide your closest local GSO sales contact.
ALHI hotels and resorts that are offering an All-Inclusive option in the Western U.S. region include:
Hotel Nikko San Francisco (San Francisco, California) (532 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive group program option where the group is allowed to have access to all outlets. This can be done with “passports,” a wristband, or a classy “black credit card” to denote the user as part of the group;
Loews Coronado Bay Resort (Coronado/San Diego, California) (439 rooms and 65,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive customized group program as an option;
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel (Santa Monica, California) (342 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers this as an option, as the hotel can customize for planners’ needs;
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia (Scottsdale, Arizona) (293 rooms and 27,000 square feet of meeting space) – can customize a package for the group’s needs;
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle (Seattle, Washington) (153 rooms and 5,554 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive group program option, and can customize package options for groups;
Sunriver Resort (Sunriver, Oregon) (569 rooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-inclusive ski and golf packages to groups;
The Wigwam (Litchfield Park/Phoenix, Arizona) (331 rooms and 43,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option that can include room rate, and MAP (Modified American Plan) or FAP (Full American Plan) meals. Add-ons can include breaks, audio visual, and recreation.
All-inclusive group program options also are available at such ALHI Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts in the Midwest U.S. region as:
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (Austin, Texas) (297 rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space) – can provide a Complete Meeting Package (CMP), Day Meeting Package (DMP), or a la carte options;
The Adolphus (Dallas, Texas) (422 rooms and 24,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-day meeting packages as an option, tailored to each group, based on specific needs;
The Peninsula Chicago (Chicago, Illinois) (339 rooms and 11,250 square feet of meeting space) – offers this as an option, as can work with groups on any type of program that works best for them.
ALHI hotels and resorts that are offering this option in the South U.S. region include:
Biltmore Hotel (Miami/Coral Gables, Florida) (273 rooms and 75,000 square feet of meeting space) – packages can be customized to fit the customer’s needs and budgetary parameters. Room rates can be inclusive of scheduled food and beverage functions. Delegate rates can include all-day meal packages. Conference fees can include room rates, food and beverage, and audiovisual;
InterContinental Miami (Miami, Florida) (641 rooms and 101,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option that includes the guest room rate, breakfast, lunch, all-day breaks, meeting space, and internet;
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville (Nashville, Tennessee) (340 rooms and 24,000 square feet of meeting space) – can customize an all-inclusive program based on client needs;
Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo, Florida) (275 rooms and 30,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option for groups;
One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach, Florida) (193 rooms and 10,500 square feet of meeting space) – offers as an option a half-day meeting package, a full-day meeting package, and a complete meeting package;
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (Orlando, Florida) (769 rooms and 128,000 square feet of meeting space) – can customize an all-inclusive option if requested;
PGA National Resort & Spa (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) (379 rooms and 40,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-inclusive as an option for groups;
Saddlebrook Resort (Tampa, Florida) (800 rooms and 95,000 square feet of meeting space) – can create an all-encompassing price and charge per room if requested;
The Villas of Grand Cypress (Orlando, Florida) (146 rooms and 7,200 square feet of meeting space) – offers as an option a Complete Meeting Package that can include meals, A/V, special events, and golf tournaments.
ALHI hotels and resorts that are offering this option in the East U.S. region include:
Lansdowne Resort (Lansdowne, Virginia) (296 rooms and 50,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers as an option the “Complete Meeting Experience” which includes three meals, all day breaks, meeting room set-ups, standard A/V, high-speed internet throughout the resort, service charge, and dedicated conference concierge;
Loews Philadelphia Hotel (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (581 rooms and 42,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option;
Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, Connecticut) (1,175 rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option on a limited basis, which would include guest rooms, food & beverage, and AV.
Plus, there are a multitude of exceptional choices in ALHI’s portfolio in the Caribbean region, including:
Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island, Bahamas) (3,400 rooms and 200,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers the “2014 Inclusive Food & Beverage Experience” which includes: arrival happy hour, welcome reception dinner, after hour party, full-day breakfast, lunch meal, poolside hospitality or happy hour, dine around or catered dinner, after hour party, and departure breakfast.
Also included: complimentary meeting space, fitness center and tennis, and a 30% discount on all signature treatments at Mandara Spa;
Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa (Providenciales, Turks & Caicos) (758 rooms and 5,678 square feet of meeting space) – offers all-inclusive group programs, with 18 specialty restaurants, 14 bars, and unlimited land and water sports;
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico) (602 rooms and 85,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers two all-inclusive group options, which cater to whether most meals will be conducted in the meeting spaces or if attendees will be dining at the restaurants.
The resort also offers a unique rebate option in case the group program goes off-property for a lunch or dinner, in which a specific credit is available per person for other on-property expenses, such as spa or suite amenities;
Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico) (249 rooms and 14,500 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort, which offers a great variety of appealing restaurants and bars, including four new restaurants and four new bars;
Gran Melia Golf Resort (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico) (544 rooms and 36,918 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive meal plan;
Half Moon (Montego Bay, Jamaica) (388 rooms and 27,810 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive option for groups;
InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa (Arraijan District, Panama) – (303 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers meal plan options;
LIVE Aqua Cancun (Cancun, Mexico) (371 rooms and 20,588 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive, adults-only resort that features seven restaurants;
Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) (554 suites and 43,725 square feet of meeting space) – is a luxurious all-inclusive resort which includes unlimited greens fees at the Cocotal Golf & Country Club;
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) (510 suites and 18,330 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with 14 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, and a wide range of leisure, entertainment, and cultural programs;
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla (Playa del Carmen, Mexico) (394 suites and 18,330 square feet of meeting space) – is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort with 14 restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, fun workshops, and diverse sports activities;
Paradisus Punta Cana Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) (685 suites and 24,620 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive, all-suite resort that offers superb cuisine, a full activities program, and unlimited greens fees at Cocotal Golf & Country Club;
Sandals Emerald Bay (Great Exuma, Bahamas) (245 suites and 30,140 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited land and water sports (including six Har-Tru tennis courts), unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, unlimited fine dining at 7 restaurants, and 6 bars;
Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa (St. John’s Antigua) (373 rooms and 6,269 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited dining at 11 specialty restaurants, a multitude of land and water sports, unlimited scuba diving for certified divers, and 7 bars;
Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) (529 rooms and 12,908 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited fine dining at 15 restaurants, golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club included (but with caddies mandatory and additional), unlimited land and water sports, and unlimited scuba diving for certified divers;
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort (Gros-Islet, St. Lucia) (301 rooms and 11,668 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort offering unlimited land and water sports including tennis and scuba diving for certified divers, dining at 8 restaurants, and 6 bars;
Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa (St. George’s, Grenada) (225 rooms and 965 square feet of meeting space) – is a new, all-inclusive resort that features 10 restaurants, and unlimited land and water sports including tennis, snorkeling, and scuba diving for certified divers;
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (Nassau, Bahamas) (404 rooms and 9,118 square feet of meeting space) – is a Five-Star/Five-Diamond all-inclusive resort offering unlimited fine dining at 10 restaurants, an array of unlimited land and water sports, unlimited scuba diving, and its own offshore island;
Sandals Royal Plantation (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) (74 suites and 3,752 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive, all-suite hotel with personal butler service 24 hours a day, unlimited rounds of golf at Sandals Golf & Country Club (with caddies mandatory and additional), unlimited fine dining at 5 restaurants, unlimited land and water sports, and unlimited scuba diving;
Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa (South Coast, Jamaica) (360 rooms and 8,054 square feet of meeting space) – is an all-inclusive resort nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve, and offering unlimited fine dining at 7 restaurants, 6 bars, and unlimited land and water sports (including scuba diving);
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort (Nieuwpoort, Curacao) (350 rooms and 38,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers an all-inclusive meal plan, and an all-inclusive package;
The Cove Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas) (600 suites and 200,000 square feet of meeting space) – offers meal plan options (does not include alcohol).
Additional options in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio include:
Oceania Cruises (335-625 rooms and suites, with 4-7 meeting rooms) – consists of five upper-premium cruise shipssailing to ports around the globe, which offer all-inclusive group programs that include fine dining and complimentary meeting space and audiovisual equipment;
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (248-369 rooms and suites, with 4-6 meeting rooms) – consists of three luxury-level cruise ships, where everything is included, ranging from gourmet meals to unlimited fine wines to unlimited shore excursions in every port of call.
Meeting professionals have chosen ALHI for nearly 30 years, for reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels and resorts for meetings and incentive/recognition programs. There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO services, expertise, and account advocacy, as its members’ dues fund the Global Sales Organization to best serve planners with local professionals.
ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include exceptional Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic & landmark properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment.
With a worldwide portfolio of over 115,000 rooms and suites and 10 million square feet of meeting space, ALHI provides planners and their organizations experienced Global Sales services with diverse options among its outstanding worldwide member hotels and resorts which specialize in meetings and incentive programs. ALHI provides reliable one-call professional sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venues for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500.
For a list of ALHI’s portfolio, and preview details of ALHI’s Membership, including useful information on 12 defined “specialty segments” within the portfolio, which are designed to make it easy for planners to identify properties, destinations, venues, and/or ships that will best suit their programs’ objectives, unique desires and specific needs.
On the ALHI website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.
ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.