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2018 Stella Awards-Best Overall Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel Brand
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces its signature brand, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®, has taken top honors in Northstar Meetings Group’s prestigious 2018 Stella Awards. Meetings and events professionals and a panel of judges named it the Best Overall Boutique & Lifestyle Hotel Brand. The distinguished brand portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels spans 26 distinguished properties in unique domestic and international destinations. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels surpassed major established and respected global lifestyle brands for the award.
With nearly 10,000 votes cast in the United States and globally, honors are awarded in 18 categories celebrating overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. Finalists in each category are determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while winners are selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading publications, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. The complete list of winners can be found at stella-awards.com.
BENCHMARK Makes Strategic Investment in UK’s etc.venues
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, and its capital partner, Gencom, have made a strategic investment in the UK-based etc.venues, a pioneering non-residential day meetings company with 15 properties in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The move and positioning significantly increases Benchmark’s global footprint and creates exceptional opportunities for international expansion for both companies.
The partnership means that Benchmark will now operate across three continents, with a total of 80 properties in North America, the Caribbean, Japan and the United Kingdom. Recognized in the UK and on the international stage as an award-winning and particularly innovative training and events firm, etc.venues will complement Benchmark’s four hospitality services brands: Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, Gemstone Collection, Benchmark Conference Centers and the Benchmark Owner Advisory Group.
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Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa Joins Benchmark Resorts & Hotels Management Portfolio
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has added one of Southern California’s most acclaimed properties to the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio: Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. Located in the San Bernardino National Forest along the shores of Lake Arrowhead, the Four Diamond Resort is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa recently completed a multi-million renovation program, bringing new restaurant concepts, meeting space, a new spa and a fresh new décor, reflecting the ambiance of a summer mountain experience. The resort, which is owned by Carey Watermark Investors 1, was also one of the first properties to join Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection. Guests and meeting planners are eligible for Marriott Rewards.
Benchmark Expands in the Midwest
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is expanding its presence in the Midwest by adding The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa to its Benchmark Resorts and Hotels® brand portfolio. Set on 90 wooded acres along the shores of Geneva Lake, the year-round resort draws vacationers, corporate groups and sports enthusiasts to its scenic location. Situated in Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, just 75 miles from downtown Chicago and 45 miles from Milwaukee, the area has a long history as a vacation retreat for wealthy industrialists and is known for its quaint towns and historic homes as well as its spectacular lake, woodlands and the area’s unique 26-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path hiking trail. The Abbey Resort joins Benchmark’s other noted Midwestern properties, including Racine, Wisconsin’s legendary Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center and Chicago’s Eaglewood Resort & Spa.
U.S. News & World Report Names 20 BENCHMARK® Properties To “Best Hotels List” for 2018
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has announced that 20 of its luxury properties within the company’s Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection brands have been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report “Best Hotels” list for 2018. Villas of Grand Cypress, located in Orlando, Florida, and a Gemstone Collection property, also placed in the Silver Badge Winner category as a Best Hotel in Orlando-Walt Disney World, and in Florida. Silver winners are in the Top 30 percent of all ranked luxury hotels within a destination. Alex Cabañas, CEO, made the announcement.
“The entire Benchmark family could not be more excited that so many of our hotels and resorts are included on the prestigious U.S. News ‘Best Hotels’ list for 2018,” said Mr. Cabañas. “It is an honor and a treasured endorsement of the service our teams deliver every day as they seek to Be The Difference in the life of each guest while on property and within our magical destinations. This is well-deserved recognition for each hotel and resort, and for their team of hospitality professionals!"
Benchmark's Wanderlust Lifestyle Travel Guide Takes Top Honors
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, is the winner of the prestigious 2017 INDIE Award for the "Best Digital Marketing Campaign" from the Independent Lodging Congress. The INDIE Awards recognize independent hospitality enterprises, celebrating those independently-branded hotels and hospitality professionals who have created a path to success through innovation, a sense of place, and a spirit to serve.
23 Benchmark Resorts, Gemstone Collection - TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, announces that 23 of its properties have been honored with the 2017 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which recognizes top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in the United States and globally. The Certificate of Excellence is determined by traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Twelve Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and eleven Gemstone Collection properties received the coveted recognition, one of the travel industry’s most prestigious awards.
BENCHMARK Welcomes Historic High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, NC
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has added High Hampton Inn & Country Club to its Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand portfolio. The historic and storied property is located in Cashiers, North Carolina, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
The expansive High Hampton Inn & Country Club property is situated across 1400 acres of woodlands, hiking trails, lavish gardens and its own 35-acre Hampton Lake. A historic 115-guestroom property originally opened in 1932, High Hampton was one of the first resorts in Cashiers, North Carolina, a region renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, vast array of outdoor recreation, art, music and history. The Inn's rustic charm is reminiscent of the great resorts of The Adirondacks, and is only the start of what has made High Hampton Inn a beloved, multi-generational family mountain oasis for a century.