by Matt Alderton | June 12, 2012
To help American meeting planners identify destinations and venues "of distinction" outside the United States, Associated Destinations Worldwide (ADW) — the new global sales organization of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) — has published a new "Global Sales Guide to Meeting Destinations," ALHI announced yesterday.

ALHI launched ADW in October for the purpose of promoting international meeting destinations to North American groups. Its new 64-page global sales guide will do just that, as it features information on 23 ALHI member hotels and resorts — totaling more than 13,000 rooms and over 710,000 square feet in meeting space — as well as information on 17 international destinations, with tips in areas such as weather, currency, time zones and language.

"Our team and this new guide make planning global programs easier because we serve as informative advocates for the accounts we serve, and our 'playbook' guide helps us identify the ideal site solutions for planners' international programs," said Kevin Hinton, executive vice president of ALHI and ADW. "The guide identifies Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts outside of the U.S. which are specifically designed, and effective to operate, for meetings, incentive programs and conventions. Plus, the guide provides very useful overview information and tips on 17 international destinations, ranging from Asia to Europe to the Caribbean to Australia. We look forward to providing this ADW resource guide to accounts considering future programs outside of the U.S. It is great for identifying the destinations and hotels that will best suit the planner's specific program needs, and serves as a tool to share the concepts with colleagues."

All told, the complimentary guide includes five hotels in China, one in Australia, one in New Zealand, one in the Bahamas, four in the Dominican Republic, one in Jamaica, one in England, one in Dubai, three in Canada and five in Mexico. Featured cities, meanwhile, include: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Hong Kong, China; Melbourne, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Cap Cana, Dominican Republic; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; London, England; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Montreal, Canada; Quebec, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Cancun, Mexico; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

"The guide is designed for planners and executives to work together with their ADW Global Sales professional to build successful and distinctive programs at one or multiple properties from among ADW's truly impressive collection of exceptional hotels and resorts outside of the U.S.," says ALHI and ADW President and CEO David Gabri. "It really is a great tool for identifying options for large and small meetings, special incentive/recognition programs, annual conventions, and important board meetings and executive retreats."