Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Starwood Strikes Historic Cuba Deals

With the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba underway, major hotel chains are seizing the opportunity to make business moves and headlines.

High-ranking executives from top US companies traveled to Cuba this week in conjunction with the first US presidential visit in 88 years. Among these executives were Marriott CEO, Arne Sorenson and Starwood Senior Vice President and Chief of Latin America Operations, Jorge Giannattasio.

While both Marriott and Starwood are among other hotel chains with plans to expand into Cuba, Starwood became the first to receive authorization from the US Treasury Department to operate in the island nation. Starwood signed three deals in Cuba on Saturday, March 19 that will give the chain management rights to the 83-room Hotel Inglaterra, which will become part of the Starwood Luxury Collection, and the 186-room Hotel Quinta Avenida, which will become the Four Points by Sheraton Havana. It also signed a letter of intent to manage the 27-room Hotel Santa Isabel, which will also join Starwood’s Luxury Collection.

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Hotel Inglaterra

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

If you are looking for a unique corporate event spot or a high end board of directors meeting, this may be a great option for you. Edging the Colorado/Utah border and nestled in the shadow of the Palisade rock formations like the Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa. Casitas are available and include wet bars, minifridges, fireplaces, outdoor showers, private decks with fire pits and an automobile museum onsite. It’s a beautiful setting with many activity options including adventure courses, archery, hiking, fishing, climbing, helicopter tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, rafting, rappelling, yoga, massage and more. Activities available are only limited by your imagination. For those of us who like the outdoors but prefer to stay in luxury, they offer many options for worldwide glamping. For more information, visit them at http://www.gatewaycanyons.com/.