Hotel sales and marketing organization Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) now offers meeting planners looking for all-inclusive group plans a choice of more than 50 hotels and resorts in the United States and the Caribbean, it announced yesterday.
"All-inclusive options are becoming increasingly popular for incentive/recognition programs, and for meetings, too," ALHI CEO David Gabri said in a statement. "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."
All-inclusive plans offer many advantages for groups, according to Gabri. "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," he continued. "With all-inclusive resorts … 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."
ALHI's portfolio now includes more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond/Star quality hotels and resorts, collectively offering more than 115,000 rooms and over 10 million square feet of meeting space. Member properties offering all-inclusive options include Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, The Peninsula Chicago, Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Connecticut's Mohegan Sun and Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, among many others.
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