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PGA Of America Relocating Headquarters To Frisco As Part Of Innovative Public-private Partnership

Omni · 5 December 2018
The PGA of America is moving its headquarters from Palm Beach County, Florida to Frisco, Texas, the '2018 Best Place to Live in America,'* where it will anchor a 600-acre, mixed-use development with an initial investment worth more than half a billion dollars.Today's announcement follows votes by the Frisco City Council, its Economic and Community Development Corporations and the Frisco Independent School District (FISD) board of trustees. The PGA of America will initially employ at least 100 people at the Frisco-based headquarters. Under this agreement, two PGA Championships, two KPMG Women's PGA Championships and potentially a Ryder Cup will be held in Frisco.This groundbreaking agreement is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion over the next 20 years based on a city commissioned tourism feasibility study.** The study considered the economics of golf course activities, including tournaments, plus the additional impact from the new conference center.The PGA of America is teaming with Omni Stillwater Woods (OSW), a joint venture led by Omni Hotels & Resorts with Stillwater Capital and Woods Capital; the City of Frisco, as well as its Economic and Community Development Corporations; and the Frisco Independent School District."Our move to Frisco will be transcendent for the PGA of America," said Seth Waugh, CEO, PGA of America. "Everything great starts with a dream. This is the beginning of a bold, new journey as we bring together world-class partners in a world-class location - to deliver innovative and differentiated experiences for our nearly 29,000 PGA Golf Professionals, golfers of all abilities and our staff."Two championship golf courses, a short course, and practice areas totaling 45 holes; a clubhouse; Class AA office space; a 500-room Omni resort and 127,000-square-foot conference center; a technologically advanced retail village; parks and open space plus several miles of trails, will complement this unique, signature development.The PGA's Northern Texas Section will also move to PGA Frisco, where state of the art connectivity will provide opportunities to pilot promising new growth-of-the-game programming for all 41 Sections of the PGA of America.A welcoming gateway at Frisco's northern border, the upscale development will be located at Rockhill Parkway and Legacy Drive, approximately one-third of a mile south of U.S. 380. The 600 acres are primarily situated within 2,500 acres being master planned by Hunt Realty Investments. The development will be open to the public, as well as golfers.The entire project will have an initial, estimated public-private investment totaling more than $520 million. The PGA of America will invest $30 million to build its 100,000-square-foot global headquarters and education facility. OSW will invest $455 million to purchase the land, construct the hotel, conference center, retail space, parking facilities, and golf courses. The golf course, club house, practice areas and associated public facilities will be owned by the city. More than 300 FISD high school golfers will practice at the facility on a weekly basis.The agreement calls for the City of Frisco and its development corporations (each funded by a half-cent of Frisco's sales tax) and FISD to contribute no more than $35 million toward development of the public facilities (City of Frisco, $13.3 million; Frisco Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), $2.5 million; Frisco Community Development Corp. (FCDC), $13.3 million; and FISD, $5.8 million).The City of Frisco will also provide performance incentives, which include a portion of hotel occupancy, mixed beverage, sales and property taxes generated by the hotel and associated retail on the site for a 20-year-period. These performance incentives are estimated to total between $52 million and $74 million. Additionally, the State of Texas will contribute all the hotel and sales tax, along with a portion of mixed beverage tax collected on the project for 10 years. The state grant total, provided through Chapter 351 incentives, is valued at more than $62.5 million over 10 years.FEDC is also investing $14.3 million over a 15-year period for the PGA of America's headquarters relocation, job creation and PGA tournament incentives. The initial 25-year agreement calls for the land and conference center to be publicly owned by the City of Frisco and operated by OSW, which will pay $100,000 a year in rent to the city. That lease will increase two percent after the fifth year of the development agreement. OSW is responsible for all maintenance and capital expenses while retaining revenues. Omni Hotels & Resorts will own and operate the resort."For years, the PGA of America has served its membership all across the nation where they engage their local communities, and help to raise over $4 billion annually," said Governor Greg Abbott. "The decision to relocate their headquarters to Texas because of our business-friendly climate is a welcome one. I thank the PGA of America for the new jobs and investment that they will bring to the City of Frisco, wish them continued success, and welcome them to the Lone Star State, the home of champions.""Today is both historic and transformational for the City of Frisco," said Mayor Jeff Cheney. "Not only will this signature development change the future of Frisco's northern landscape, it will transform the sport, growing a new generation of pros, fans and golf enthusiasts. As Sports City, USA, we're thrilled to partner with another world-class brand like the PGA of America. We're also honored Omni is, once again, committing such a huge investment in our community, recognizing the potential to grow entertainment, tourism and economic development in one of the fastest-growing cities in America.""Partnering with the PGA of America and City of Frisco to build a brand new, luxurious golf resort in north Texas is an unprecedented move in the strategic growth of our company," said Blake Rowling, president of TRT Holdings, Inc., parent company of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Omni is known for its elevated service and amenities, including golf, and this resort, alongside the headquarters of the PGA of America, promises to be a first-class development that will attract thousands of people per year.""This is a tremendous opportunity for all of North Texas," said Robert Elliott, co-founder, Stillwater Capital. "Stillwater Capital is proud to play a part in conceiving and delivering a grand vision for this unique development.""This is yet another example of the public entities in Frisco coming together with private partners to provide unprecedented experiences for young people," said John Classe, Frisco ISD School Board President. "The opportunities available to students in Frisco ISD are simply unmatched in Texas and across the nation. We're excited about what this partnership means, not just for our students, but the community.""As co-developers of Fields, Hunt Realty and Karahan Companies, along with our investors, are committed to creating a world-class, mixed-use planned community with the 2,500-acre Fields development, and we are proud to have facilitated the land sale for the new premier Omni Hotel, PGA of America headquarters and championship golf," said Chris Kleinert, President of Hunt Realty Investments. "We are thrilled to play a part in this transformational project in Frisco, and we welcome the PGA and its employees to Fields."The golf courses are expected to open in summer 2022. The hotel, convention center, and other facilities are expected to open within six months of that date. The development will host the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2023. *Money Magazine named the City of Frisco the "2018 Best Place to Live in America". **Economic impact study for the proposed hotel and convention center. Hotel & Leisure Advisors, October 2017 study. SUPPLEMENTAL QUOTESSETH WAUGH, CEO - PGA of America "We welcome the opportunity to develop friendships and partnerships with the community and its residents, as well as across North Texas and throughout the state. We are grateful to the City of Frisco, the State of Texas and Omni Stillwater Woods for embracing our vision of creating a transformational headquarters that, together with our world-class partners, helps us advance our mission of serving our Members and growing the game," said Seth Waugh, CEO, PGA of America. RON PATTERSON, president, Frisco Economic Development Corporation"Having another corporate presence, especially one with such a nationally and internationally recognized brand like the PGA of America, continues to enhance Frisco's reputation as one of the most sought-after sports and business environments in the United States," said Ron Patterson, president, Frisco Economic Development Corporation. "The PGA will bring more jobs, as well as numerous PGA tournaments, to Frisco. Additionally, the PGA becomes the eighth professional sports organization to be headquartered in the city."

Omni Hotels & Resorts Goes Tropical With The 'Summer Of Mango' - The Latest Installment Of The Omni Originals Program

Omni ·22 May 2018
DALLAS -- This summer, guests at Omni Hotels & Resorts can enjoy the latest rendition of the Omni Originals culinary series with the Summer of Mango. The selection of creative and delicious food and drink options will vary by property and be available on Omni's pool menus. The Omni Originals program, which launched in 2017, is set to surprise and delight guests' palates through innovative dishes and crafted cocktails.Mango FroseThe brand's food and beverage teams went beyond the traditional tiki-cocktail and used their culinary creativity to come up with inventive dishes, especially satisfying on a hot summer day. Besides being refreshing and revitalizing to the palate, the appeal of mango has an incredibly favorable nutrition profile -- 100 percent vitamin C, excellent source of vitamin A, abundant in phyto-nutrients and science-based health benefits (heart health, diabetes).The below dishes are a sampling of what guests can see on the Summer of Mango menus:Fish Tacos: mahi-mahi, blackening spice, avocado cream, slaw, mango pico de galloMango Hummus: smoked jalapeno dressing, smoked paprika, charred mango cubes, cilantroPoke Bowl: ahi poke, lemongrass scented sticky rice, pickled mango, ginger soy glaze, avocadoSpinach Salad: spinach, grilled chicken, feta, mango, carrots, avocado, lime honey vinaigretteAdditionally, the poolside menus feature cocktails that embody the versatile fruit, including the Spicy Mango Margarita,which is a mixture of Herradura Reposado tequila and Cointreau - shaken with fresh lime and a spicy mango syrup. Guests can also sip on a twist of the classic Paloma cocktail with the Mango Paloma, a combination of Casa Noble Crystal organic tequila, mango fruit puree, fresh lime and grapefruit juice - shaken, then served with a splash of Q Grapefruit Soda. Playing on the growing popularity of rose wines, guests can relax in the sun with a Mango Frose, a smooth blend of rose wine and mango infused syrup.As each season rolls in, Omni will announce its next rendition of the Omni Originals program. Each promotion will focus on a specific ingredient or culinary theme that will create flavorful and exciting menu options at properties across the brand.More information on Omni Originals can be found at www.omnihotels.com/culinary/omni-originals. Follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels, Twitter.com/OmniHotels and Instagram.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Kicks Off The Next Installment Of Its Omni Originals Program With Morel Mushrooms

Omni ·23 March 2018
DALLAS -- During the month of April, guests at Omni Hotels & Resorts can enjoy the latest rendition of the Omni Originals culinary series which will showcase morel mushrooms as the cornerstone of this installment's menu. The program, which launched in 2017, is set to surprise and delight guests' palates through innovative dishes and cocktails.Items on the specialty menu play on the growing popularity of plant-based dining. These dishes include:Charred Forager's Toast: morel mushrooms, garlic, white wine, asparagus, burrata and tarragonEarth Day Eggs: morel deviled eggs, smoked salmon, pumpernickel rye, pickled morel, radishSpring Skins: new season potato skins, smoked chicken, spinach, morels, Gruyere, red chiliTo toast the warmer weather, Omni created the Morel Smashwhich is a blend of Cruzan Rum, strawberries, lemon juice, morel syrup and rhubarb bitters; and the Morel Old Fashioned which is comprised of morel-infused Elijah Craig Bourbon, house morel-infused honey syrup and angostura bitters.Additionally, to commemorate Earth Day, Omni properties across the country will celebrate Mother Nature on Saturday, April 21 with morel mushroom-themed lobby activations for guests to enjoy.As each season rolls in, Omni will announce its next rendition of the Omni Originals program. Each promotion will focus on a specific ingredient or culinary theme that will create flavorful and exciting menu options at properties across the brand.More information on Omni Originals can be found at https://www.omnihotels.com/culinary/omni-originals/morel-mushrooms. Follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels, Twitter.com/OmniHotels and Instagram.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Launches 'Discover Rioja' as Its 10th Installment of 'Flavors of the World' Campaign

Omni · 3 October 2017
DALLAS -- Today marks the launch of Omni Hotels & Resorts' 10th installment of its "Flavors of the World" culinary series, as "Discover Rioja" kicks off at the luxury hotel brand's 60 properties. This year, Omni has partnered with Wines from Rioja to highlight Northern Spain's premier wine making region and share its undiscovered culture, wine and cuisine with guests through signature food and beverage programming brand-wide. The promotion will be available through December 31, 2017.The Spanish-inspired menu, spearheaded by Daven Wardynski, area executive chef at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, in collaboration with Omni's elite chef roster, features a variety of pintxos (tapas), platos principales (main courses) and pasteles (desserts). Menu highlights include dishes indigenous to the northern region such as Patatas a la Riojana con Chorizo, Rioja-style potatoes with chorizo sausage, garlic and spicy pimenton de la Vera paprika; and Gateau Basque, Basque cake with vanilla, lemon and dried cherry. Popular Spanish classics are also featured such as Tortilla Espanola Clasica, egg torte with potato and onion; Croquetas Jamon y Manchego, creamy ham and cheese croquettes and Tempranillo Rabo de Toro Cocido con Patata "Tortilla" y Jus Natural, tempranillo braised beef with potato "tortilla" and natural braising jus."With a partner as exciting as Wines from Rioja, we are thrilled to bring our guests an authentic look into the region's rich wines, cuisine and culture," said Stephen Rosenstock, executive vice president of operations at Omni Hotels & Resorts. "From our team's discoveries while visiting the region, to its rustic flavors and welcoming hospitality, we can truly serve our guests a taste of Rioja through our specially-curated menu and some of the best wines in the world."As part of Omni's "Flavors of The World" promotion, its culinary team of food and beverage directors traveled to Rioja, Spain this past May for an immersive exploration trip to bring this first hand-knowledge of the region and its culture back to their hotels and resorts. The team tasted their way through several of the region's top wineries, known as "bodegas," visited historical landmarks and savored authentic Spanish cuisine. Shortly after, Omni's team of executive chefs visited the San Antonio campus of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) for a two-day extensive chef training in Spanish cuisine and cooking techniques. Omni's chefs applied their learnings from the CIA to create the brand-wide "Discover Rioja" food and beverage menu."Partnering with a prominent brand like Omni Hotels & Resorts is invaluable to Rioja as it enables us to reach consumers outside of their homes in an authentic and meaningful way," said Ana Fabiano, brand ambassador for Rioja USA. "The success that Omni has had with the "Flavors of the World" campaign will help propel Rioja forward. And, at the same time, we believe the Rioja experience within the program will be completely unique and inspiring for Omni guests."Throughout the promotion, each participating hotel will offer a selection of wines from Rioja, in red, white and rose varietals, in its bars and restaurants. Wine selections consist of favorites including Campo Viejo, Ontanon Rioja, Cune Blanco, and new discoveries from famed bodegas, many of which were visited during Omni's culinary exploration of Rioja, including Bodegas Montecillo, Bodegas Muga and Bodegas Lan among others. Wines are available by the bottle or by 6- and 9-ounce pours and will vary by property.Guests looking to bring a taste of Rioja home with them can visit the gift shop for a selection of high quality, traditional and iconic Spanish products supplied by Spain's premier retailer, La Tienda. Items include a Mini Paella Kit, Hand Painted Ceramic Sangria Pitcher, Gin and Tonic Cocktail Kit, Gourmet Marcona Almonds, Spanish Mixed Olives by Peregrino and more."Discover Rioja" marks the 10th installment of Omni's unique "Flavors of the World" program, a cultural journey and culinary immersion, designed to expose and teach its food and beverage teams and chefs about various world cuisines as well as bring fantastic flavors to each guest. The "Discover Rioja" campaign joins the list of past partnerships such as "!Destinacion Chile!" (2015), "Taste Washington" (2014) and "Simply Street Food" (2013). Omni's "Flavors of the World" programs have also featured the wines and foods of Italy, Argentina and France.For more information, guests may visit https://www.omnihotels.com/culinary/flavors-of-the-world/discover-rioja or call 1-800-The-Omni. Guests are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using #AtTheOmni and #DiscoverRioja and can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at Facebook.com/OmniHotels, Twitter.com/OmniHotels and Instagram.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Dallas Hotel Allows Companies to Brand the Dallas Skyline

Omni · 5 May 2017
DALLAS -- The Omni Dallas Hotel, connected via sky bridge to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and close to restaurants, shops, the Dallas Arts District and more, unveiled its "Book a Meeting, Brand the Dallas Skyline" offer. For every meeting or event booked, the hotel will brand the iconic downtown Dallas skyline with the company's logo or message.Since its opening in 2011, the Omni Dallas Hotel has colorfully displayed thousands of light shows that have corresponded with holidays, causes, select company logos, as well as North Texas, national and international events, and much more. Now any company that books its meeting or event at the hotel can have its logo prominently illuminate the Dallas Skyline.The Omni Dallas Hotel was built with the latest technological advances including an exterior LED-lighting system that allows the hotel to display logos, messages, designs and more. The hotel has become a signature landmark of the Dallas skyline, which is considered to be one of the best in the world. Overall, the exterior lighting system features 6,660 individual LED-light fixtures at three feet each for a total of nearly 20,000 linear feet, or the equivalent to 3.8 miles of lights."From the day we opened this hotel, one of the most frequently asked questions from our meeting planners was how they could get their individual company's logo or message on our exterior facade," said Ed Netzhammer, managing director for the Omni Dallas Hotel. "Now the answer is simple - book a meeting, and we will brand the Dallas skyline for you."The LEED Gold-certified Omni Dallas Hotel meeting and event space will suit any type of function from grand galas and corporate sales launches to large association meetings or small intimate gatherings with more than 142,000 square feet of space and 41 meeting rooms and event spaces inclusive of the Dallas Ballroom at 31,704 square feet and the Trinity Ballroom at 15,400 square feet. The hotel can accommodate up to 2,500 attendees at any given time. The skybridge offers meeting planners and convention-goers convenient access to more than 2.1 million square feet of meeting space located in the Dallas Convention Center. Guests will have access via the skybridge to level two of the convention center from the two meeting levels of the hotel. The hotel also has more than 1,000 parking spots and ample space for exhibit and decor companies needing easy access.The sophisticated 23-story downtown Omni Dallas Hotel provides the perfect blend of uncompromised service, luxurious accommodations and location. Guests enjoy a fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service Mokara Spa and heated infinity swimming pool with stunning views of downtown. The hotel boasts six onsite dining venues including the acclaimed Bob's Steak & Chop House, the farm-to-table concept Texas Spice, and the sports bar The Owners Box, among others. Guests also have convenient access to four restaurants on Lamar adjacent to the hotel including Coal Vines, Biergarten on Lamar, Black Ship Little Katana, and Cafe Herrera.For more information on "Book a Meeting, Brand the Dallas Skyline," or to book a group meeting or event visit omnihotels.com/hotels/dallas/meetings or call 1-214-979-2506. For more information on other property offers, guests may visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels andTwitter.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Announces a Summer Love Affair with Avocados

Omni · 3 May 2017
DALLAS -- This summer, Omni Hotels & Resorts knows one thing is for certain: it's all about the avocado. The luxury hotel brand has announced that its annual "Art of Water" poolside menu--which every year spotlights one of the country's most popular ingredients--will be devoted to the popular fruit. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, guests visiting participating Omni properties can enjoy a selection of creative and delicious food and drink options, all featuring Avocados From Mexico."Avocado continues to be a trending ingredient - and it's obvious why," said David Morgan, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels & Resorts. "It's not only nutrient-rich, but it's an extremely versatile ingredient. Our chefs are getting really creative with dishes that embrace the classics, but also go beyond the traditional applications of avocado."With more than 30,000 orchards in Michoacan, Mexico growing avocados year-round, there are endless ways to utilize this abundant ingredient. With a creamy and irresistibly smooth taste, Avocados From Mexico enhance a wide variety of cuisines- as this year's "Art of Water" menu deliciously demonstrates.Contributing nearly 20 essential vitamins and minerals, and over 75% of "good" fat, avocados are a creamy substitute for most common baking ingredients and popular condiments. In fact, in late 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance allowing avocados to bear the labeling of "healthy."The culinary masterminds behind Omni's menu -- Executive Chefs Daven Wardynski (Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort), Jason Adams (Omni La Costa Resort & Spa), Jonathon Stutzman (Omni Tucson National Resort), and Robert Ash (Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate) - collaborated to produce a collection of dishes that display their avo-adoration. Guests can expect inventive presentations such as Avocado Spring Rolls with avocado "ranch" sauce; and Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, avocado bean spread, mustard, tomato and avocado mayo - in addition to avocado classics like Charred Onion Guacamole with sweet corn, turmeric and corn tortilla chips; and Avocado Grilled Cheese with goat cheese, green onion and pistachio on Texas toast."We're thrilled to partner with the talented chefs at Omni Hotels & Resorts and see their culinary creativity come to life with this summer's menu," said Mark Garcia, director of foodservice marketing at Avocados From Mexico. "Avocados are a delicious, versatile and nutritious addition to any dish or drink - and while Avocados From Mexico are enjoyed year-round, they're a particularly refreshing addition to a warm summer day."Conceptualized by Kim Haasarud, a James Beard-honored master mixologist and accomplished author, avocados also make an appearance on the "Art of Water" cocktail menu. The versatile fruit is hand muddled into a spicy Jalapeno Avocado Margarita, made with Tantea Jalapeno Tequila, Cointreau, Monin Organic Agave, and fresh lemon and lime juices; as well as a sweet Mango Ancho Avocado Margarita with muddled avocado, Sauza Silver Tequila, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Perfect Mango Puree, and fresh lime juice.The Avocados From Mexico "Art of Water" poolside menu is available at select Omni properties throughout the summer. Full menus, as well as recipes and images, may be viewed here: omnihotels.com/culinary/summer-culinary/avocado.For more information, visit omnihotels.com, call 1-800-The-Omni, or follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.About Avocados From MexicoAvocados From Mexico (AFM) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association (MHAIA), formed for the purpose of advertising, promotion, public relations and research for all stakeholders of Avocados From Mexico. Under agreements, MHAIA and the Mexican Avocado Producers & Packers (APEAM A.C.) have combined resources to fund and manage AFM, with the intent to provide a focused, highly effective and efficient marketing program in the United States. AFM is headquartered in Irving, TX.

Omni Hotels & Resorts to Launch 'Discover Rioja' This Fall

Omni ·14 March 2017
DALLAS -- Omni Hotels & Resorts and Rioja USA are excited to announce an exclusive partnership for the luxury hotel brand's 2017 "Flavors of the World" series. Returning Oct. 1 2017, and available through Dec. 31, 2017, the annual culinary program will be known as "Discover Rioja" and will spotlight this north-central region of Spain and its undiscovered culture, wine and cuisine through signature Omni programming nationwide."We are thrilled to be partnering with Wines from Rioja for our 2017 'Flavors of the World' campaign," said David Morgan, vice president of food & beverage for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "As always, this series gives our guests insight into new epicurean discoveries and experiences, while also educating them about the food and wine within a specific region. Each year, we aim to bring something different and dynamic to the table. Not only does Rioja have incredible wines, but it's also packed with an abundance of culture, history and energy that we are excited to share with our guests."Inherent to each "Flavors of the World" campaign is extensive chef-training at The Culinary Institute of America and a much-coveted immersion trip where Omni's culinary team will explore every corner of Rioja - gaining first-hand experience of the region's wine, cuisine and culture so they may bring back authentic and delicious experiences to their hotels and restaurants.Internationally, this is the largest group of culinary professionals Rioja has ever hosted and will help organically expand Rioja's messaging in a truly authentic way for the brand."Sharing knowledge is paramount to us," said Ana Fabiano, brand ambassador for Rioja USA. "For this experience, the Rioja Regulatory Control Board has developed an immersive, dynamic program that is designed to train food and wine industry professionals and empower them with a deep understanding of the region and its wines. The Omni culinary team will feel that immersion the moment they step on to Rioja soil."The Wines from Rioja educational program is an intrinsic component to promoting Rioja's values. The overarching goal of this program is to identify and train Omni's wine educators, enabling them to impart information about Rioja's wines to professionals and consumers alike."Partnering with an influential brand like Omni Hotels & Resorts represents the next phase for Rioja as we continue to expand our reach to new consumers in meaningful ways," continued Fabiano. "This collaboration is diverse and exciting, and will allow Omni guests to experience a taste of true Rioja.""Discover Rioja" marks the tenth installment of Omni's "Flavors of the World" program, expanding the rich roster of past partnerships such as 2015's "!Destinacion Chile!," 2014's "Taste Washington," and 2013's "Simply Street Food." Omni's "Flavors of the World" programs have also featured the wines and foods of Italy, Argentina, Spain and France.Specific guest dining experiences, hotel programming and additional elements of "Discover Rioja" will be announced in the coming months.About the Rioja Consejo ReguladorThe Rioja "Control Board" is an institution founded in 1926 with a primary purpose to supervise quality control from vineyard through bottling to promoting the region and defending the interests of the region's wine sector. The quality controls systems in Rioja are one of the most stringent in the world of wine. Rioja is one of the few that requires that all of its production be bottled at source, which has created the sense of safety and trust among consumers and has allowed Rioja to attain its current leading position on the market. Located in north central Spain, Rioja is considered one of the greatest red wine regions in the world. Rioja wines are protected by the oldest Designation of Origin in Spain, officially recognized by decree in 1925. Since 1991, it is the first and one of only two regions in Spain to be awarded the highest category - Calificada. The institution administers highly sophisticated and stringent quality control in the winemaking process, from viniculture to bottling. For more information, please visit www.riojawine.com.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate Joins Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Omni ·15 December 2016
ORLANDO, FL -- The AAA Four-Diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Located just minutes from Central Floridas famous attractions and world-class international airport, the 769-room resort is now served by the ALHI Global Sales Organization to the North American Meetings & Incentives (M&I) marketplace, according to ALHI CEO David Gabri. Surrounded by 36 holes of Greg Norman-designed championship golf, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate also features 15 acres of pools and recreation (which includes a lazy river), the signature 10,000-square-foot Mokara Spa, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, a full-service fitness center, a 9-hole golf course, a comprehensive sports training complex, tennis, and seven restaurants and lounges. The resorts 128,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space is highlighted by three ballrooms: the 28,800-square-foot Osceola, the 25,000-square-foot National, and the 20,000-square-foot International. The resort features a total of 48 meeting rooms, as well as 70,000 square feet of outdoor event space, a 24-hour self-automated business center, and complimentary wireless Internet in the guest rooms and lobby. Plus, in 2017 the resort is undergoing a $40 million expansion, which will include 93 new guest rooms, new meeting and event space, another restaurant, and a resort wave pool. The resort is located just 25 minutes from Orlando International Airport and six miles from the Walt Disney World Resort. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is a remarkable resort, with a truly lush setting and so much to offer to groups, said Gabri. Add in its convenient access to the Walt Disney World Resort, and its impressive new offerings, and we are very proud to showcase this extraordinary resort to groups across North America.Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate becomes ALHIs 24th luxury hotel/resort in Florida, joining such other Central Florida members as: the tropical, 1,000-room Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, offering 132,000 square feet of meeting space; the all-new and connected to Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Caribbean-themed Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, featuring 1,000 guest rooms and 114,000 square feet of meeting space, for the combination of 2,000 rooms and 246,000 square feet of meeting space; plus, the elegant 750-room Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, reminiscent of a beautiful Mediterranean seaside resort.ALHIs distinguished Central Florida portfolio also features: the stunning and popular Rosen Shingle Creek, with 1,501 guest rooms and 490,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, and exceptional onsite golf among the 230-acre resort; Orlandos luxurious 146-room The Villas of Grand Cypress, with their world-renowned golf and boasting a newly renovated executive meeting center; St. Pete Beachs renowned Pink Palace, the beachfront 277-room Loews Don CeSar Hotel; the picturesque, sophisticated, award-winning and inspiring Streamsong Resort, offering 228 guest rooms and two outstanding golf courses ranked in Americas top 15; and Tampas popular 800-room Saddlebrook Resort, a self-contained destination with on-site golf, tennis, spa, fishing, and 95,000 square feet of meeting space. In addition to joining ALHIs distinguished portfolio of AAA Four- and Five-Diamond-quality M&I-focused hotels and resorts, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate also becomes the newest option in ALHIs Big Box luxury brand segment. With this latest addition, ALHIs Big Box collection now features 26 exceptional supersized hotels and resorts, which each feature a minimum of 500 guest rooms and/or suites, at least 50,000 square feet of meeting space, and one or more ballrooms of 20,000 square feet or more. ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide.The membership-based, dues-funded ALHI GSO has been serving its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe for over 30 years. Providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, ALHI provides valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy. Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs. For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHIs new 2017 Meeting Facilities Guide or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the ALHI Group Desk toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com . ALHI Global Sales offices are located 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). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the nearest ALHI GSO Team sales professionals in your state/area.

To Mark Hunger Action Month, Omni Hotels & Resorts Reports Early Results of National "Say Goodnight to Hunger" Campaign

Omni ·13 September 2016
Just two months following the launch of its Say Goodnight to Hunger campaign, Omni Hotels & Resorts today reported that after only 60 days, the program has donated more than three million meals to help Feeding America(r) provide more than 18.2 million meals each year for food banks to feed kids, families and seniors in communities across the United States. The company announced initial results of the program to help mark September's national Hunger Action Month which raises awareness to fight hunger in communities across the nation.Omni Hotels & Resorts launched the Say Goodnight to Hunger program this summer as the largest campaign launched by a Feeding America hospitality partner. Since June 21, 2016, for every stay booked directly on OmniHotels.com, the company has made a donation to help provide a family of four dinner for an entire week.* Omni Hotels & Resorts' commitment to feeding families and reducing hunger nationwide goes beyond its pledge to making a donation to Feeding America for every stay booked directly on OmniHotels.com. Throughout the nation, Omni Hotels & Resorts associates have volunteered at food banks in their local communities to strengthen the impact of the Say Goodnight to Hunger mission."The feedback we have received about Say Goodnight to Hunger from our guests, our associates and our partners has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic and supportive," said Mike Deitemeyer, president for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Our guests have eagerly embraced the opportunity to join us in this important cause, as evidenced by the tremendous impact we already have been able to achieve."According to Deitemeyer, Omni associates also have been keen to get involved. Already more than 40 Omni properties are actively participating in Say Goodnight to Hunger by supporting food banks and pantries in local markets served by the properties. During the past two months, 900-plus Omni associates have volunteered almost 2,500 hours of their time, talent, and compassion to help this important mission in their communities."It is gratifying to support this important program in a way that enables our associates to be involved personally and directly in making a difference for their communities," said Deitemeyer. "Say Goodnight to Hunger is the perfect way to bring together our guests and associates to collectively address an issue that is pervasive throughout our nation, including in the local communities in which our company operates."While Omni is pleased with the program's initial success, the company remains committed to leveraging Say Goodnight to Hunger to help Feeding America provide more than 18.2 million meals each year. Currently 42 million people live in food insecure households, including 13 million children nationwide. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. One in seven Americans is served by Feeding America food banks, which often serve hard-working individuals who are facing economic hardship.National Hunger Action Month was established in 2008 by Feeding America as a way to bring awareness to this issue and inspire action to help fight hunger within local communities. Omni Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to help the company Say Goodnight to Hunger this month and beyond by booking an Omni Hotels & Resorts stay directly on the company's website and provide a family of four dinner for an entire week.*To show support, guests are encouraged to use the hashtag #SayGoodnightToHunger. For more information, visit omnihotels.com, call 1-800-The-Omni, or follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels, Twitter.com/OmniHotels, and Instagram.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Frisco Hotel Tops out Nine Months after Groundbreaking

Omni ·28 July 2016
Today, executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts, the Dallas Cowboys, along with Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, commemorated the ceremonial construction milestone of the topping out of the 16-floor, 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel. Representatives from the City of Frisco, the Frisco Independent School District (FISD), the Frisco Economic Development Committee, Frisco Chamber of Commerce and Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau were also on-hand for the event where a Leyland Cypress tree was hoisted to the top floor of the property - a longtime construction tradition symbolizing appreciation and good fortune.Set to open in summer 2017, the Omni Frisco Hotel will serve as a cornerstone of The Star development, which is anchored by the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and the Ford Center. The Cowboys' new headquarters will be home to the entire football operations, including administrative offices, coaches' offices as well as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The Ford Center seats 12,000 and will serve as both the home venue for FISD for events and activities, and the practice and training facility for the Cowboys. The Star is set to open Aug. 27, 2016."Today's milestone brings us one step closer to opening the Omni Frisco Hotel," said Jeff Smith, general manager for the Omni Frisco Hotel. "In addition to thanking the Jones family and Mayor Maso, I want to thank those who have made today's milestone possible - Manhattan Construction, Gensler and Wilson Associates. You have made immense progress in a very short period of time - and I look forward to opening the hotel next summer."The design of the Omni Frisco Hotel will reflect its partner brands, as well as maintain the standard of luxury that makes up all Omni properties. The hotel's design will subtly capture the Dallas Cowboys legacy while honoring the City of Frisco's motto "Progress In Motion." Everything from the rooms, public and meeting space, food, design, decor and amenities will incorporate modern luxury that will set a new standard for hotel accommodations in Frisco.The hotel will feature 300 finely appointed guest rooms and suites. It will house 24,000-square-feet of meeting space, inclusive of a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. Omni and the Dallas Cowboys will also offer planners and attendees access to additional meetings and exhibit space in the Ford Center, as well as events on the plaza. The hotel's culinary venues include Neighborhood Services and a lobby wine and coffee bar. A rooftop pool deck, situated on the fourth floor, can accommodate 300 to 400 guests and offers stunning views of the plaza and the Ford Center. The deck will also feature three fire pits, cabanas and a bar and grill.To book a group meeting or event visit omnihotels.com/frisco or contact Beverly Garlington, Omni's global director of sales for the southwest, at bgarlington@omnihotels.com or (512) 840-1551. For more information on other property offers, guests may visitomnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels andTwitter.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Earns Highest Segment Honors in J.D. Power Study

Omni ·15 July 2016
Omni Hotels & Resorts ranked highest among upper-upscale hotel brands, according to the J.D. Power 2016 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM released today. Seven key factors were examined to determine overall satisfaction, including: reservations, check-in/check-out, guest rooms, food & beverage, hotel services, hotel facilities, and cost & fees."Through authenticity and innovation, our family of 20,000 associates puts the soul of hospitality into every interaction, proudly opening doors to the true spirit of the destination - I thank each and every one of them for their continued dedication to fulfilling our vision."The J.D. Power 2016 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySMshowed that overall satisfaction for the upper-upscale segment has increased. This is the second year in a row and the seventh time Omni has ranked highest as the leading hotel brand in the segment (previous years include 2000, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2015). Omni has the highest score in the check-in/check-out, food & beverage, hotel services and hotel facilities factors. The results are based on guest feedback from customers who stayed at an Omni from May 2015 through May 2016."Creating memorable experiences for our guests is the cornerstone of our brand mission, and we are honored to receive this recognition for the second consecutive year," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Through authenticity and innovation, our family of 20,000 associates puts the soul of hospitality into every interaction, proudly opening doors to the true spirit of the destination - I thank each and every one of them for their continued dedication to fulfilling our vision."Omni creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in the leading business, convention and leisure destinations across North America. The brand is known for innovation and exemplary service, and is committed to being the employer of choice in the hospitality industry. Through its award-winning Power of One associate program, Omni encourages and empowers each of its associates to do his or her personal best to ensure guests have a memorable stay. Based on this fundamental belief of empowering associates, Omni is able to deliver one remarkable experience after another, and outperform the segment in the J.D. Power North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studies.For additional information please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.About Omni Hotels & ResortsOmni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), Omni's loyalty program is further expanded through the DISCOVERY(r) loyalty program offering members additional global benefits. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Breaks Ground On Louisville Property

Omni · 4 February 2016
Executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Council, leaders from the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Louisville Downtown Partnership broke ground today on the Omni Louisville Hotel. The 30-story luxurious property will reflect Louisville's warmth and hospitality, while embracing and celebrating the city's authentic quality and charm. The hotel will be the luxury brand's first property in Kentucky. Set to open in early 2018, the Omni Louisville will be a catalyst to the city's growth and urban development. Considered the tallest hotel in Louisville and located at Liberty and 2nd Street, one block from the Kentucky International Convention Center, the hotel will be the cornerstone in the city's most exclusive entertainment, retail and office district, "Fourth Street Live!" The hotel will feature 612 finely appointed guestrooms and suites topped by 225 luxury apartments. Other hotel highlights include:Food & Beverage: The culinary experiences at Omni Louisville will include an all-day dining venue, lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and grill, as well as an iconic Bob's Steak & Chop House as the hotel's fine-dining establishment serving traditional, American prime cut steaks.Meetings & Events: The hotel will offer approximately 70,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting and convention attendees will have access to an additional 300,000 square-feet of meeting and exhibit space at the Kentucky International Convention Center.Lifestyle: Guests will have access to an urban rooftop pool deck, fitness center, a Mokara signature spa, lobby art gallery and a Speakeasy with a bowling alley.Grocer: A dynamic, modern urban lifestyle market will connect to the hotel's lobby. Transforming Liberty Street into a pedestrian thoroughfare, the market will serve as a community gateway for hotel guests, residents and locals alike."Louisville is a premier destination and we are incredibly excited to be a part of the city's continued evolution - we look forward to building upon the great successes that Louisville has already achieved," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Louisville embodies everything we look for when selecting a new Omni location - it is a global city, home to a vibrant and growing business community, diverse neighborhoods, a healthy infrastructure and a dynamic city center. Working together with Mayor Greg Fischer, the Metro Council and a host of other Louisville leaders, we are eager to establish the Omni Louisville Hotel as an economic development catalyst for the city and help make Louisville an unforgettable destination for years to come." The $289 million public/private project is estimated to create 765 construction jobs -- with 20 percent minority and five percent woman-owned business participation -- and 320 permanent jobs. Omni is paying 52 percent of the development costs ($150 million) and the city and state providing 48 percent ($139 million), which includes a rebate of taxes generated by the project, $17 million for a parking garage to be constructed and owned by the Parking Authority of River City (PARC) and $17 million, the value of the land."Today was much more than just breaking ground on the Omni Louisville Hotel," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "Today's groundbreaking is symbolic of the future transformation of our city and the prosperity yet to come. This hotel will not only help bolster our reputation as a leading meetings and leisure destination, but will serve as a cornerstone where our downtown community can connect. We look forward to a very prosperous relationship with Omni."The Omni Louisville Hotel will become a part of Omni's robust, and growing, Convention Collection, which features signature properties in Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Nashville, Providence, San Diego and Washington D.C. For additional information or to book a group meeting or convention, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Planners may also contact Michele Ramsey, Director, Global Sales, directly atmramsey@omnihotels.com or (404) 818-4410. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels. - See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/media-center/recent-news/160129-omni-breaks-ground-in-louisville#sthash.1842V53k.dpuf

Omni Hotels & Resorts, Dallas Cowboys And City Of Frisco Pave The Way For New Luxury Hotel At The Star

Omni · 5 November 2015
Today at a VIP-packed event in Frisco, Texas, executives from Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Dallas Cowboys, along with Frisco Mayor Maher Maso previewed new details about the 300-room luxurious Omni Frisco Hotel. Representatives from the Frisco City Council, the Frisco Economic and Community Development Corporations, as well as the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau were on-hand to hear updates on the hotel development project and celebrate the progress already made at the site.Set to open in early summer 2017, the luxury hotel will serve as a cornerstone of The Star development, which will be anchored by the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and The Ford Center, a 12,000-seat multipurpose event center that will be used by the Cowboys as well as the city and the Frisco Independent School District (FISD) for events and activities. As the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, The Star will be home to the entire football operations, including administrative offices, coaches' offices and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders."This extraordinary development and hotel will be a dynamic destination offering travelers a truly one-of-a-kind experience," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "The design and style of the hotel will honor the history of the Dallas Cowboys and the unbelievable progress of the city of Frisco. This hotel will be a true collaboration that reflects the local flavor of Frisco."Design & DecorThe Omni Frisco Hotel will integrate with the Ford Center on two levels. The design concept will capture the essence of Frisco's motto "Progress in Motion," reflecting its thriving business and energetic culture, and will make a nod to the Dallas Cowboys rich history. Everything from the rooms, public and meeting space, food, design, decor and amenities will incorporate modern luxury to set a new standard for hotel accommodations in this burgeoning city. "As one of the fastest growing communities in Texas and America for the last decade, Frisco's reputation as a top destination for travelers - both for business and leisure - is growing, as well," said Mayor Maher Maso, City of Frisco. "We know the Dallas Cowboys and Omni will help bolster Frisco's reputation as a world-class destination for visitors, while enhancing quality of life, entertainment and business opportunities for our residents, too." Hotel AttributesThe 16-story Omni Frisco Hotel will feature 300-finely appointed guest rooms and suites. Guests may enjoy a fine dining venue, lobby coffee and wine bar, and a rooftop pool bar and grill. The hotel will also have a luxury retail outlet featuring unique finds made by local designers, as well as artwork including sketches of Cowboys Ring of Honor inductees. This retail shop will be modeled much like the highly successful Collections in the Omni Dallas Hotel and Five and TENN in the Omni Nashville Hotel. Situated on the fourth floor, the rooftop pool and deck can accommodate 300 to 400 guests and has stunning views of the plaza and The Ford Center. The deck also features three fire pits, cabanas and a bar and grill. "The Star will be a first of its kind destination that brings the Cowboys brand to life," said Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys. "We sought out partners that share our vision and commitment to quality and entertainment. I look forward to collaborating with Omni Hotels & Resorts to create this unique experience for our fans."Meetings & EventsThe hotel will feature 24,000 square feet of meeting space, inclusive of a 13,000 square foot ballroom. The Omni and Dallas Cowboys partnership also offers planners and attendees access to additional meetings and exhibit space in the Ford Center, as well as events on the plaza. The Omni Frisco Hotel and partnership with the Dallas Cowboys is the latest example of the hotel brand's expanding collection of properties anchoring multipurpose sports developments. The Omni San Diego Hotel is connected, via skybridge, to Petco Park, home of the Padres; the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center connects to the College Football Hall of Fame and Museum; and the brand recently announced plans to build and operate a hotel at SunTrust Park, future home of the Atlanta Braves. Development of The Star began on Aug. 22, 2014, when the Dallas Cowboys broke ground on the property, located on a 90-acre site at the northwest corner of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco. Planned uses for the development also include additional corporate offices, retail and restaurants. To book a group meeting or event visit omnihotels.com/frisco or contact Beverly Garlington, Omni's global director of sales for the southwest, atbgarlington@omnihotels.com or (512) 840-1551. For more information on other property offers, guests may visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.About the City of FriscoAs the second fastest growing city in the country and the fastest growing community over the past decade (U.S. Census Bureau), Frisco defines "Progress in Motion". Four school districts serve Frisco including the Frisco Independent School District, named among the "100 Best Communities for Young People". FISD is noted for its commitment to smaller, exemplary schools and high student achievement. Higher education opportunities are available at Collin College. Frisco boasts the nation's highest fire protection rating, one of only sixty in the U.S. The crime rate is low and so are taxes, both ranked among the lowest in North Texas. This once small town turned dealmaker is home to four 'pro' sport teams with another on the way; world class venues; 49 parks, 86 miles of trails and an athletic center featuring an outdoor water park; three hospitals; two museums; more than 9-million square feet of retail and restaurants; and hundreds of public and private art installations displayed throughout Frisco's 72 square miles. Frisco fosters progressive leadership and innovative ideas, making it the first city in the country to mandate Energy Star standards for new home construction. National publications have ranked Frisco among the 'Best Places to Live', 'Best Place to Relocate' and 'Best Place to Raise an Athlete'. The Dallas Morning News' series 'Best of DFW' named Frisco among its top ten for schools, safety, families with kids, young adults, empty nesters, suburbs and 'Best Overall' neighborhoods. Experience "Progress in Motion". Experience Frisco. www.friscotexas.gov, www.friscoedc.com and www.visitfrisco.com - See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/media-center/recent-news/151103-omni-frisco-hotel-previews-design#sthash.eIInMcmp.dpuf

Omni Hotels & Resorts Adds New 24-hour Mobile 'Hold' Feature Making The Reservation Process Convenient And More Flexible

Omni ·29 May 2015
Omni Hotels & Resorts has become the first luxury hotel brand to offer a "courtesy hold" functionality for reservations made through mobile devices. The new feature allows guests to hold a reservation at the quoted rate for up to 24 hours without booking.This new 24-hour mobile hold function gives guests additional flexibility to research amazing locations and vacation packages available online at omnihotels.com and lock in the rates for up to 24 hours without credit card-confirmation, payment or penalty. To hold, customers simply enter name, email and phone number and have the option to "finalize" online at omnihotels.com. Omni will also send an email reminder, and if the reservation is not confirmed within the 24-hour time period, the reservation is automatically released with no charge to the guest."We are constantly working to enhance the digital guest experience," said Tom Santora, chief marketing officer for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "In doing so, we needed to address the lower conversation rates on mobile and to overcome the obstacle of completing a reservation on a mobile device. As a result, we added this functionality, which has been very well received by our guests."Omni's customer data indicates that nearly 50 percent of guests research hotel reservations options from their mobile device or tablet, and then finalize their room reservations later from their desktop computers. The new reservation hold feature caters to that behavior, making it easier for guests to find and hold their reservation to book within 24 hours. The new service is one more example of Omni's longstanding history of providing guests with streamlined access to information and services via a mobile platform. In 2008, the brand was among the first to enable a brand-wide mobile check-in, and then in 2013, Omni was one of the first hotel groups to add its loyalty program to Google Wallet.About Omni Hotels & Resorts Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Announces Acquisition of New Orleans Hotel

Omni ·11 November 2014
Omni Hotels & Resorts announces the acquisition of the Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans. In a partnership with Riverfront Lodging, LLC, the hotel has been reflagged today as the Omni Riverfront Hotel. The announcement comes on the heels of a six-month, $8 million property renovation.Located in the cultural nerve center of New Orleans' thriving Warehouse and Arts District, the luxury hotel is just steps away from top Big Easy attractions and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Omni Riverfront Hotel reflects the charm and mystery of New Orleans and features 202 guestrooms, nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and the newly opened, French-inspired Fulton St. Bistro | Bar."Omni Hotels & Resorts has a long history in New Orleans, dating back almost 30 years, with the Omni Royal Orleans, and later the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We are pleased to have a third hotel in this amazing city, and to help make memorable New Orleans experiences for vacationers, business travelers and meeting attendees alike."During the last six months, the hotel has undergone a comprehensive renovation that overhauled and updated many aspects of the property. Throughout the property's transformation, designers worked diligently to honor the hotel's vintage past, as well as retain the distinctive New Orleans style and flair.Guests entering the newly renovated hotel will experience a beautifully appointed open-air lobby with rustic touches of the past. The bar has been rotated 180 degrees to create ample space for guests to relax and indulge in the finest beverages and cuisine, served in a casually elegant atmosphere. Each guest room has been completely renovated and features white tile entryways, new carpet and furniture, tubs and black tile in the bathrooms, as well as bedside LED reading lamps, 42-inch flat screen televisions, among other high-end guestroom fixtures. The hotel's meeting space, public spaces and corridors all received a light refresh as well.The renovation also included a re-branding of the hotel's restaurant. Previously known as 7 on Fulton, the dining establishment is now called Fulton St. Bistro | Bar. Reminiscent of a vintage street bistro, it offers French Press coffee, freshly baked baguettes, authentic salads and sandwiches, and delicious steaks and seafood. The relaxed atmosphere is a great place for social gatherings, group happy hours or as a place to unwind after a long day.Omni Hotels & Resorts has 60 distinct properties in North America. The Omni Riverfront Hotel is the brand's third property in New Orleans joining the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel, located in the heart of the Arts District, and the Omni Royal Orleans, located in the French Quarter. The addition of the Omni Riverfront Hotel aligns with Omni's growth strategy for its City Center Collection. Ramon Reyes, formerly of the Omni Royal Orleans, has relocated to the Omni Riverfront Hotel to serve as the new general manager.For additional information please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Launches Omni Meetings University

Omni · 8 September 2014
Omni Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled Omni Meetings University (OMU), the luxury hotel brand's online meeting planner educational portal that provides planners with a deeper understanding of the Omni brand, as well as top meetings industry and technology trends. This new offering was introduced at the brand's first Be Collaborative event of 2014. Be Collaborative is an annual development series offered to meeting planners across the nation. Each year the road-show style events offer new insights on how Omni and their clients can collaborate by embracing each other's points of views and achieving mutual success.Through the dynamic new portal, meeting planners will receive first-hand knowledge of the brand, which is made up of Convention, Resort and City Center collections. Each collection is distinct to its local market, and offers planners a variety of venues to meet the objectives of their different meeting or event needs. The portal is also a dynamic platform that will be continuously updated based on Omni's portfolio updates or unique meeting offerings, current industry trends, and new technology available to planners. OMU will eventually be customized based on planner disciplines for corporate or association planners alike."Omni Meetings University is another example of how we collaborate with our partners and it demonstrates our commitment to their professional development," said Tom Faust, vice president of sales for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We've had great success with our other educational programming initiatives - Be Collaborative events, as well as our other portal tool, Travel Agent University - and want to continue to be able to equip planners with useful and timely information so they can make the best decisions to meet their business goals."Each participant who completes the curriculum of OMU will become a certified Omni Meetings Specialist and will receive a "personalized FAM trip" that includes a complimentary night stay at any Omni property to experience the brand and underscore what they learned through OMU. New Omni Meeting Specialists will be automatically upgraded to Platinum level status in Omni's Select Guest Loyalty Program, and will receive a 5 percent discount on their group's Master Account for the first meeting contracted after successful completion of the course. Lastly, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) has verified this program for one clock hour of continuing education towards CMP certification or recertification.Omni collaborated with Encore Event Technologies to develop OMU to provide educational course material for meeting planners to utilize Encore's technology to enhance their meeting or event. Encore also is working with Omni to provide planners information on the next generation of event technology trends."Encore is the leading provider of unique, creative and technically innovative in-house audiovisual services for hotels, conference centers and resorts. We have a longstanding relationship with Omni, and look forward to what we can provide planners through Omni Meetings University," said David Smith, vice president of strategic accounts for Encore. "The forward thinking inherent in the Omni organization, combined with the creative event technology style of Encore, will provide customers a platform for a truly spectacular experience."Planners interested in becoming a certified Omni Meetings Specialist can visit omnimeetingsuniversity.com. To book a meeting or event and for terms and conditions regarding Omni Hotels & Resorts meeting offerings, customers can visit omnihotels.com/MeetingsAndEvents/omniunderstands or by calling 1-800-788-OMNI. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels, Twitter.com/OmniHotels, and Twitter.com/OmniMeetings.About Encore Event TechnologiesEncore Event Technologies is one of the leading event technology providers in the hospitality space. Established in 2014 through the integration of well-respected solutions providers, AVT Event Technologies and Encore Productions, Encore Event Technologies combines the best of both companies to deliver comprehensive and innovative in-house audiovisual, staging, and production services that cater to the unique needs of hotels, hotel-casinos and resorts across the United States. Encore Event Technologies operates as part of Freeman AV, a division of Freeman, the leading global partner for integrated experiential marketing solutions for live engagements including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. For more information, visit www.encore-us.com.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Acquires Montelucia Resort & Spa

Omni ·17 January 2014
Omni Hotels & Resorts and KSL Capital Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm, today announced the closing of the purchase and sale of the Montelucia Resort & Spa. The resort will be reflagged under the Omni brand as the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, extending the Omni's Resort Collection in the Western United States. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a top-rated luxury Scottsdale hotel that features 253 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, 38 suites and two presidential suites. The property's distinctive architecture is inspired by the rich history, white-washed villages and sun-drenched hills of Spain's Andalusia region. The enchanting destination also includes the award-winning Moroccan inspired Joya Spa, three resort pools and five tempting dining options including the critically acclaimed restaurant, Prado. Nestled at the foot of the picturesque Camelback Mountain in the exclusive enclave of Paradise Valley, and adjacent to the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale, this extraordinary resort's premier location offers easy access to golf, recreation, nightlife and entertainment."The Montelucia is an exquisite addition to our already impressive collection of high-end resort properties," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "The property is a top attraction for guests seeking a blend of gracious hospitality, personalized service and innovative cuisine. We are proud to add this incredible resort to our expanding Resort Collection."The resort is the sixth property Omni has acquired from KSL Capital Partners, LLC. Last July, Omni acquired five iconic resorts from KSL Capital Partners, LLC, including theOmni Barton Creek Resort & Spain Austin, Texas; Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.;Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spain Rancho Mirage, Calif.; The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.; and The Omni Homestead Resortin Hot Springs, Va.For additional information please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also followOmni Hotels & Resortsatwww.Facebook.com/OmniHotelsandTwitter.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Adds Loyalty Program to Google Wallet

Omni ·20 December 2013
Omni Hotels & Resorts announced today that members of its loyalty program, Select Guest, now have access to their account information through Google Wallet. The mobile application, available on Android or iOS smartphones, provides consumers access to all of their loyalty cards, offers, and much more, in one convenient location. Omni is one of the first hotel groups to add its loyalty program to Google Wallet. "We are always looking for new ways to enhance the mobile guest experience," said Tom Santora, chief marketing officer for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Google Wallet is a great tool for Select Guest loyalty members, as it provides easy and quick access to guest membership information." As part of the announcement, Omni is offering Select Guest members and new customers a 20 percent discount on a two-night stay at participating Omni Hotels & Resorts properties. Members who link their current account to Google Wallet or new members who sign-up for the Select Guest program, can take advantage of the promotion through January 31, 2014 for stays through March 31, 2014. The offer is subject to availability, does not apply to groups or conventions and may not be combined with other discounts. Omni has a longstanding history of providing guests with streamlined access to information or services via a mobile platform. As part of its mobile application roll-out in 2008, the brand was among the first to enable a brand-wide mobile check-in tool. As a Select Guest member, consumers can enjoy complimentary perks, including: in-room Wi-Fi, pressings, shoe shine, morning beverage delivery and much more. Members can also earn a free night after staying just 20 nights and are automatically enrolled and entitled to global privileges at 300+ luxury hotels around the world through Omni's Global Hotel Alliance and the GHA Discovery guest loyalty program. Google Wallet is available for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store. For additional information please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at and . About Omni Hotels & ResortsOmni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at nearly 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

Omni Nashville Hotel Opens a New Door with the Key to Music City

Omni · 1 October 2013
Today the Omni Nashville Hotel, along with more than 650 new associates, opened its doors to the public with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting celebration. Governor Bill Haslam and the First Lady Crissy Haslam, Mayor Karl Dean, members from the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County, leaders from Music City Center, Nashville Convention Center Authority, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., and the Country Music Hall of Fame(r) and Museum joined Omni Hotels & Resorts executives for the momentous event. The 21-story, 800-room luxury hotel, billed as "The Key to Music City," is located on the vibrant and up-and-coming South of Broadway, or SoBro, district."Nashville is establishing itself as one of the preeminent leisure and convention destinations in the country - the level of interest and enthusiasm in The Music City is unprecedented," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We are truly honored to be part of this important milestone in the development of Nashville's future. I want to thank everyone who had a hand in making this hotel a reality and ensuring our pre-opening success - from the city, Music City Center, Nashville Convention Center Authority, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., and the Country Music Hall of Fame(r) and Museum to the construction team, architects and design firms."Omni Hotels & Resorts broke ground on the hotel a little more than two years ago. Since that time, crews from Brasfield & Gorrie worked around the clock to complete construction of the hotel approximately three months ahead of schedule and on-budget. Throughout the process, the architectural and design teams including HKS Hill Glazier Studio and Looney and Associates ensured that the property captured the distinct culture and character of Nashville in the hotel design."It was important that the Omni Nashville truly embody the raw and honest character of the city. Everything from the materials we used to the food we serve to the art we display - is reflective of local cultural sensibilities," said Deitemeyer. "This is our approach for all of our hotels. Each property is distinct and features elements that speak to the uniqueness of each destination."Omni Nashville Already Seeing Early Success"I welcome the Omni Nashville Hotel as our newest resident, and I thank them for their investment in Nashville," Mayor Karl Dean said. "This project was a great public-private partnership that will have an enormous economic impact on our city for years to come. This beautiful hotel, along with the Music City Center and the expansion at the Country Music Hall of Fame, add even more energy to our vibrant downtown and SoBro district."To date, the Omni Nashville Hotel has more than 395,000 definite room nights booked, comprised of more than 450 meetings and conventions contracted through 2024. These numbers have been achieved approximately four months ahead of schedule. The results reinforce the strong interest in Music City.The luxury hotel is an authentic expression of Nashville's vibrant music culture. It is adjacent to the new Music City Center, where guests have access to an additional 1.2 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space. It also fully integrates with an expansion of the Country Music Hall of Fame(r) and Museum on three levels. In addition, the hotel boasts numerous dining and leisure options including:Kitchen Notes, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant, is a modern yet welcoming establishment featuring a fresh, contemporary spin on Nashville's famous regional standouts.Bob's Steak & Chop House, a nationally renowned steak house, offers the finest steaks and chops in a classically elegant steakhouse setting.Barlines, the live entertainment venue, is the place to imbibe in all matter of beverages. From the perfectly mixed cocktail to an in depth selection of the finest Tennessee whiskeys while experiencing some of Nashville's best live entertainment.Bongo Java, the coffee house institution in Nashville featuring locally roasted coffee beans, continues to please its patrons and offers a relaxing atmosphere, complete with live music.Mokara Spa, Omni's signature spa brand, provides a tranquil setting for one to relax, rejuvenate, or pampering.Fourth Floor Pool Deck, the only hotel rooftop pool in Nashville, offers stunning views of the skyline, as well as light fare and cocktails.Five and TENN, the hotel's luxury retail venue, features items from local and regional establishments, such as Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., Colonel Littleton, and Bongo Java to name a few.For more information, please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels or Twitter.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Hotels & Resorts to Manage Famous King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Omni ·16 July 2013
Omni Hotels & Resorts announced today that it will become the long term operator of The King Edward Hotel, the first and most famous luxury hotel in Toronto. Omni will begin management of the historic property on August 1, 2013, which will be flagged The Omni King Edward Hotel.The venture with current owners King Edward Realty Inc. continues Omni's enterprise of strategic expansion to own, operate and/or manage distinctive luxury hotels and resorts throughout North America, with a focus on major convention centers, leisure destinations and city centers.Built in 1903, the hotel has long been admired as one of Toronto's most beloved landmarks and is located in the financial district within the heart of the city. As part of the partnership, the hotel is currently undergoing an approximate $40 million renovation to restore the property as one of North America's first "palace" hotels. The renovation, designed to feature modern comfort in combination with the hotel's original state of old-world charm and elegance, includes all new guest rooms, modernized bathrooms, a new fitness center and an update of the grand meeting spaces. Most notably, the hotel's iconic rooftop Crystal Ballroom will be restored to its original grandeur as a spectacular party hall. Located on the 17th floor with 20-foot ceilings, the Ballroom, which has been closed since the 1970s, overlooks the city with views of the skyline in all four directions."The King Edward Hotel is a very unique property with a rich history from more than a century of hosting guests, as well as being a great source of pride for the city of Toronto," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Omni is committed to making this incredible hotel the place to stay in Toronto, whether traveling for business or leisure. As an extension of our city center portfolio, The King Edward Hotel is a marquee property that allows us to offer our award-winning personalized service to our guests who visit Toronto, Canada."Opened 110 years ago as Toronto's first and largest luxury hotel, The King Edward has played host to scores of dignitaries from around the world, from King Edward VIII (after whom it is named) and President Theodore Roosevelt to Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. The hotel boasts 301 finely appointed rooms and suites - some of the largest in Toronto - that will feature classical decor with contemporary accents; 30,000 square feet of flexible function space and 12 spacious meeting rooms including three fashionable grand ballrooms; two onsite dining options; and afternoon tea, which has become a Toronto social ritual. The King Edward Hotel will be Omni's second property in Canada, along with the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, located in the heart of downtown Montreal.For more information, please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels or Twitter.com/OmniHotels.

Omni Becomes First North American Luxury Hotel Brand to Feature Augmented Reality Technology in its Advertising

Omni ·10 July 2013
created by AvreaFoster, planned and executed by Southwest Media Group using technology from HP Autonomy's industry-leading augmented reality platform Aurasma - began running in June, and targets meeting and event planners with a mix of print, web banners, online video content and social media. The "Omni Understands" campaign, which originally launched in 2010, highlights testimonials from meeting planner customers recognizing Omni for its excellence in its signature properties, food and beverage, customer service and meeting space.The campaign's new twist centers on the use of augmented reality technology, which allows mobile device users to point their device's cameras at certain images -- in this case, a print ad -- that trigger videos. Each print ad prompts readers to download the free Omni LIVE app to watch the ad come to life and lead to special bonus offers.After downloading the app, users hover their mobile device over the ad to access exclusive video content that includes customer testimonials, virtual tours and behind-the-scenes discussions with top chefs. Following the video, meeting planners unlock a special offer -- $1,000 towards a welcome reception at any Omni property -- by clicking through to a landing page."When we launched the campaign three years ago, it was a big hit with meeting planners, who valued the testaments from their fellow meeting planners as to why their events with Omni are so successful," said Tom Santora, senior vice president of sales and chief marketing office for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We are building on that momentum with a campaign refresh that will hopefully be just as, if not more popular than our original.""The campaign connected with meeting planners and generated significant interest in and leads for Omni's meeting and events business," said Suzanne Miller, Vice President of Client Relationships at AvreaFoster. "Three years later, Omni continues to wow meeting planners with its overall product, so we felt it was time to update the campaign and expand our brand presence online. This new technology allows us to promote Omni using traditional print and continue the engagement online with entertaining videos. It's a perfect campaign extension for us.""We're very excited to offer our augmented reality platform to promote Omni's meeting and events business," said Lauren Offers, head of Aurasma marketing. "It is an innovative technology, but most importantly, it provides Omni with a fun and practical means to engage meeting and event planners in an interactive experience which leaves a lasting impression."The campaign includes advertising targeted at meeting and event planners in several industry trade outlets, includingOne+, Association Meetings, Prevue, Meetings & Conventions, Convene, Black Meetings & Tourismand Medical Meetings, as well as a significant online presence on targeted digital networks.To view a video demonstration of how Omni's new ads come to life, click here. The Omni LIVE app is available for free download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. For more information on booking a meeting or event, please visit omniunderstands.com or by calling 1-800-788-OMNI. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels,Twitter.com/OmniHotels, and Twitter.com/OmniMeetings.About Omni Hotels & ResortsOmni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at nearly 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.About AvreaFosterAvreaFoster is a full-service branding and advertising firm that helps businesses build more profitable relationships with their customers. Using sound brand strategy, AvreaFoster helps its clients successfully navigate business inflection points through ground-breaking campaign development and smart creative execution. Based in Dallas, AvreaFoster specializes in marketing, advertising, interactive, message development and brand creation.About AurasmaAurasma is the industry's leading augmented reality platform. Available as a free app for iOS and high-powered Android devices or as an SDK for developers, Aurasma's core technology uses advanced image and pattern recognition to blend the real world with digital, interactive content such as videos and animations called "Auras."Auras can be created for printed images, product packaging, clothing, physical places and users can even use the app to create and share their own. Since its launch in June 2011, Aurasma has reached more than six million downloads and the core technology (the SDK) has been embedded in over 2,000 Aurasma-powered apps. Over 20,000 partners in markets including retail, fashion, entertainment, sports, automotive, education, advertising, and publishing now use the powerful technology to reach their customers. Aurasma is part of HP Autonomy.To learn more about Aurasma, visithttp://www.aurasma.com.

Omni Hotels & Resorts to Acquire and Operate Five Iconic Resorts

Omni ·12 June 2013
"By purchasing all five of these properties, Omni has significantly enhanced our growing Resort Collection in terms of scope, scale and prestige."The five iconic resorts are longstanding classic hotels in North America that are distinguished in design, local color and authenticity reflecting their destination - all of which are consistent with Omni's strategy to provide unique properties representative of their individual local market flavor. The five properties are Barton Creek Resort & Spain Austin, TX ;La Costa Resort and Spain Carlsbad, CA; Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spain Rancho Mirage, CA; The Grove Park Innin Asheville, NC; and The Homesteadin Hot Springs, VA."Each of these properties is unique in its own right - rich in heritage and distinctive in their elegance and charm. We would be fortunate to own and operate any single one of these celebrated resorts," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "By purchasing all five of these properties, Omni has significantly enhanced our growing Resort Collection in terms of scope, scale and prestige."The addition of the luxurious properties will add 2,362 rooms, 304,000 square feet of meeting and function space, 34 dining options, 48 retail locations, 12 golf courses, three water parks, a ski facility and five spas.Barton Creek Resort & Spa:Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the resort combines impeccable service with its own classic brand of casual elegance in a luxurious setting. Heralded as the number one golf resort in Texas, Barton Creek boasts four nationally acclaimed championship courses as well as the state's only Callaway Performance Center. The resort features 312 spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms, a recently renovated full-service spa, superior dining options, and fine meeting and wedding facilities.La Costa Resort and Spa:Fresh from a $50 million renovation and nestled among the beautiful coastal foothills of Carlsbad, CA, La Costa boasts a new look including 611 newly appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, an adult-only pool venue, the Coastal Events Center, an expanded Athletic Club as well as two redesigned signature golf courses. Honored as the #1 Wellness Spa in the Nation by Spa magazine, the 43,000-square-foot Spa at La Costa includes a private pool, cafe and therapeutic reflexology path. Acclaimed restaurants - Legends Bistro and BlueFire Grill - present an updated take on locally inspired cuisine and culinary delights.Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa:The 444-room Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is classic Rancho Mirage re-imagined for the 21st-century traveler. The resort's new offerings include stylish guest rooms, the signature bluEmber restaurant, R Bar lounge, and Splashtopia, an exciting water playground complete with water slides, lazy river and sandy beach. The resort also features a 20,000-square-foot spa, a 27-hole Ted Robinson-designed golf course, a 25-court Peter Burwash International tennis center, and 41,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.The Grove Park Inn:The AAA Four-Diamond Grove Park Inn is currently undergoing a $25 million restoration and renovation scheduled to be complete by summer 2013, which coincides with the property's centennial. Noted for understated elegance and southern charm, ten U.S. Presidents and countless luminaries from the worlds of art, entertainment, sports and politics have stayed at this hotel. Guests may relax in one of 512 rooms and themed suites, enjoy a drink by one of two massive 14-foot fireplaces or watch the sunset from a rocking chair. The property offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, delectable restaurants, a Donald Ross golf course, tennis and fitness center, award winning spa and spacious convention facilities.The Homestead:The Homestead is one of America's most storied resorts, offering unparalleled hospitality in a 2,000-acre setting within the Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Virginia. In summer 2013, the hotel will complete a $26 million renovation that will culminate with its new Canyon Ranch SpaClub. The Homestead is distinguished by 483 luxurious guest rooms and suites, 72,000 square feet of meeting space, a wide array of fine and casual dining choices, championship golf courses that include one of the nation's finest mountain courses (The Cascades), Allegheny Springs, a two-acre family-friendly water attraction complete with lazy river, and water play zone. The resort also offers the South's first downhill ski area, Equestrian Center and show ring, top-rated Shooting Club, Back Country Driving School, off-road Segway tours and a wealth of other recreational attractions.For additional information please visit omnihotels.comor call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotelsand Twitter.com/OmniHotels.About Omni Hotels & ResortsOmni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at nearly 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's "Power of One" associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.About KSL Capital Partners, LLCKSL is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure investments in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate and travel services. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado and New York. In addition to the properties being sold, KSL's current portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure. In the United Kingdom, funds advised by KSL own The Belfry in the West Midlands and the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chains. In the United States, funds advised by KSL own Montelucia Resort & Spa, The James Royal Palm and ClubCorp, one of the world's largest owners of private golf and business clubs. KSL also owns other premier recreation businesses, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, two of the leading ski resorts in North America; and Western Athletic Clubs, the owner and operator of luxury fitness clubs in California. For more information, please see kslcapital.com.

Omni Hotels & Resorts and Chef Cheryl Forberg Team up to Offer New Healthy Dining Options

Omni ·28 March 2013
Cheryl Forberg, R.D., one of the nation's leading authorities on nutrition, a James Beard award-winning chef, and nutritionist for NBC's The Biggest Loser, has joined Omni Hotels & Resorts culinary team as the luxury hotel brand's in-house nutritionist. From Omni's award-winning restaurants to in-room dining, Forberg will work closely with Omni chefs to create both delicious and nutritious menu choices."Quinoa for Dummies' are examples of her passion for creating simple delicious meals that just happen to be healthy. She brings knowledge, expertise and a genuine warmth in all she does, whether as an inventive chef or a trusted nutrition advisor."This year Omni will embark on several unique and captivating food and beverage campaigns, drawing on Forberg's expert guidance. She will play an instrumental role in each of Omni's culinary initiatives, expanding healthy dining options with cuisine that boasts delicious robust flavors, while also being prepared in healthier and more socially responsible ways."Omni recognizes today's discerning travelers demand food and beverage options that are both pleasing to their palates and nutritious for their overall well-being," said Stephen Rosenstock, senior vice president of food and beverage for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "While Omni has a rich history of providing healthy, flavorful menus, Cheryl's infinite knowledge and passion for wonderful food will help us successfully balance these two demands."Working directly with Omni's executive chefs and culinary leaders, Forberg will help develop new menu creations, as well as additions to Omni's already extensive banquet menus. The brand will also introduce an entirely new Kids Menu, where Forberg's nutritional influence will inspire a scrumptious menu designed to satisfy both kids and parents alike."I'm eager to work with Omni to put flavors first, combining just the right amount of fresh delicious ingredients to create bold enticing flavors, that also happen to be healthy," said Forberg. "Cooking with just the right flavor can turn an ordinary meal into an extraordinary experience."The Forberg partnership is the latest example of Omni's commitment to providing guests healthy dining options. In 2007 Omni transitioned to zero grams trans-fat cooking oil and also launched its "Art of Breakfast" menu. This program phased in the exclusive use of cage free eggs - making it the first American hotel brand to institute such an initiative. Keeping up with the growing demand for gluten-free foods, Omni also recently rolled out gluten-free breakfast stations in all locations as part of "Art of Breakfast." Other "Art of Breakfast" enhancements included more locally sourced items, such as condiments, jams and honeys, as well as a new sausage patty with blueberries made exclusively for Omni.For additional information or to book accommodations, guests may visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni at Facebook.com/OmniHotels or Twitter.com/OmniHotels.About Cheryl ForbergCheryl Forberg's work as the nutritionist for the NBC show The Biggest Loser is viewed by millions. A James Beard Award-winning chef and New York Times bestselling author, Chef Cheryl is the go-to source for healthy cooking, from soup to nuts - literally. Her most recent books, 'Flavor First' and "Quinoa for Dummies' are examples of her passion for creating simple delicious meals that just happen to be healthy. She brings knowledge, expertise and a genuine warmth in all she does, whether as an inventive chef or a trusted nutrition advisor.

New Wellness Report Released by Omni Hotels & Resorts Reveals On-The-Road Habits of Business Travelers

Omni ·21 September 2011
A recent survey from Omni Hotels & Resorts of business travelers reveals their challenges when it comes to staying healthy on the road. The Wellness Report contained a number of findings, including:DIET - More than a half (56%) of participants admit to indulging in various food or beverages when traveling for business and slightly regretting it - particularly women (71%) more than men (50%). More than half would like more low-fat options on hotel restaurant menus (also 56%), and about one in ten are looking for specialized dietary needs such as dairy (12%) or gluten-free (13%) choices.IN-ROOM CHOICES - The basics matter. Results found business travelers wishing for healthier in-room options, with seven in ten respondents wanting healthy snacks or fresh fruit to eat on-the-go (73%) and free bottled water (70%) in their room. Again, women were more likely than men to emphasize health with healthy snacks or fresh fruit to their in-room "wish list" (83% versus 70%).FITNESS - Omni's Wellness Report also found that travelers have good intentions when it comes to workouts - and many follow through. While nearly one-third (32%) embark on a trip with workout gear but never find the time or energy, 39% find themselves fitting in extra workouts because they have extra time. While more than two in five (45%) describe their on-the-road workout at the hotel fitness center as sufficient, 26% wished their hotel could help with nearby yoga or spinning studios. Eight percent said their on-the-road fitness centered on a "thumb workout" with their Smartphone.SLEEP - At the end of the day, business travelers say a good night's sleep is priceless. Nearly a third of respondents (30%) find themselves waking up tired due to lack of sleep, with half dreaming for ways to help them sleep more soundly such as specialized pillows.To answer the needs of the every growing health-conscious road-warrior populations, Omni Hotels & Resorts is pumping up their wellness and fitness options. Travelers enrolled in Omni Hotels & Resorts' complimentary Select Guest loyalty program who have achieved Platinum and Black level status now have access to several unique wellness amenities including dietary, fitness and sleep comfort options. The top level members can simply update their profile to include a range of personal preferences to enjoy during their stay. On their profiles, guests can specify a fitness interest-from a spinning class, yoga, boot camp or Pilates-and they will receive a fitness plan in their key packet with local, handpicked exercise studio locations and times.Healthy eating also became easier. Additions to the morning beverage service include Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. Healthy welcome amenities include gluten-free snacks from Hail Merry(r) such as seasoned nuts from various regions of the country as well as fresh fruit; complimentary bottled water is already a benefit of the loyalty program.Platinum and Black Select Guest members can sleep more soundly by choosing from a "pillow bar" complete with buckwheat, Swedish memory or hypo-allergenic options. White noise machines and sleep kits are also available to help guests get a good night sleep."Fitness and healthy choices are increasingly important to our guests and most have come to expect options to help them continue their wellness routines while they are traveling," said Jeff Smith, vice president of operations for Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We are pleased to provide unique ways for guests to easily maintaining a healthy routine while traveling."Omni also offers a variety of other health and wellness offers - from running maps for each local destination to trans-fat free menus, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, Get Fit Kits and Get Fit Rooms with treadmills. Omni also updated its "Art of Breakfast" menu earlier this year to create a highly popular gluten-free station with muffins, cereals and other options.For more information or to book an overnight stay, guests may visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at twitter.com/omnihotels or at twitter.com/omnihotelsPR.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Launches Lodging's First Fully Integrated Facebook Booking Tool

Omni · 3 May 2011
Omni Hotels & Resorts officially launched a brand-wide Facebook reservations tool today which enables brand fans and others to book and confirm a reservation without ever leaving the Omni Facebook wall. Fans are able to shop Omni properties and secure their stay, all while logged onto the top social networking site. Visitors will also be able to have a live chat with an Omni reservations agent while on Facebook to address any questions they may have while booking a room. Once a reservation is made through Facebook, guests will receive their usual confirmation information via email and members of the Select Guest loyalty program are able to view the reservation through their online profile, including via mobile applications.This is the first fully integrated Facebook booking tool among all major hospitality brands and is the latest example of Omni Hotels & Resorts aggressively adapting to the evolving digital landscape. In 2003, it became the first luxury hotel brand in the U.S. to offer complimentary Wi-Fi access in guest rooms for members of its Select Guest loyalty program and in public spaces. In 2007, the brand introduced ORION from GBCblue, an online ordering system allowing guests to take care of a variety of needs, including room service orders, without ever looking away from their smart phone or laptop. Omni was also among the first to launch online check-in (2007), and a variety of mobile tools (2009), including Apple and BlackBerry apps."We wanted to make this process truly turnkey for travelers wherever they want to book a reservation," said Tom Santora, chief marketing officer of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Our new Facebook tool gives guests another level of ease and convenience."To book a package on Facebook visit facebook.com/omnihotels and click on the "Book a Room" tab on the left side of the page. Guests can also visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at twitter.com/omnihotels or at twitter.com/omnihotelsPR.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Honored With Award at ALIS

Omni ·31 January 2011
Americas Lodging Investment Summit sponsors and delegates recognized Omni Hotels & Resorts with the Best Single Asset Transaction of 2010 for the purchase of the Amelia Island Plantation on Amelia Island, FL. Winners of several development awards were announced during the conference held January 24th through 26th in San Diego and co-sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the Burba Hotel Group. In addition to celebrating Omni's award-winning work, ALIS honored executives and companies responsible for the most influential hospitality industry developments in 2010.The Amelia Island Plantation transaction was completed in fall 2010, with the Amelia Island Company selling the resort to Omni for $67.1 million. The property was previously owned by the same family for more than 30 years and operated as an independent since its inception but became bankrupt in 2008 during the economic downturn. Omni was the highest bidder for the renowned resort at an auction held August 23rd in nearby Jacksonville, FL. The acquisition included over 1,350 acres, 3.5 miles of beaches, 249 guest rooms, two renowned golf courses, nearly 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 45,000 square feet of retail space, tennis, fitness and spa facilities and numerous opportunities for future development."The last 12 months have been very opportunistic for our acquisitions and development team. We've been able to strategically expand our portfolio with the addition of several outstanding properties, including the Amelia Island Plantation," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Recognition for these efforts is extremely rewarding, and we are honored to be among the winners."The Omni Amelia Island Plantation joined two other additions to Omni's growing resort portfolio in the previous 48 months: the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in South Central Pennsylvania in January, 2009 and the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH in September, 2009.ALIS nominees were considered for the awards based on outstanding business performance in various industry sectors. More information about the nominees and winners can be found at the ALIS website alisconference.com.About AH&LA | Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.

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