Radisson Blu Mall of America Becomes First Hotel in the World with CarbinXTM Carbon Capture Unit to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Installation of CleanO2’s groundbreaking technology is part of a CenterPoint Energy program offering cleaner energy solutions to its customers

Bloomington, Minnesota (March 28, 2023) – Today CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) and Radisson Blu Mall of Americapart of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), announced the groundbreaking installation of a carbon-capture technology unit, CarbinX, developed by CleanO2. This marks the first hotel in the world to use this innovative system that captures greenhouse gas emissions from heating equipment. The installation is part of a program by CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility, to explore the potential of new, cleaner energy technologies.

As the world works quickly to find ways to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, CarbinX is a bold and innovative step in these efforts for commercial buildings such as Radisson Blu MOA.

The size of about two home refrigerators, the CarbinX device is connected directly to the flue of the hotel’s natural gas water heating equipment, where it cap­­tures carbon dioxide (CO2) and converts it to a nontoxic carbonate powder known as pearl ashCleanO2, the manufacturer of CarbinX, collects the pearl ash and recycles it as a key ingredient in commercial products such as soaps and detergents. The products are sold online at CleanO2.ca to customers in the U.S. and Canada. They are also sold through several retail chains and boutiques in Canada.

Radisson Blu MOA also expects to reduce its energy bill because the CarbinX unit recycles heat, increasing efficiency in the water heating system to achieve both energy and cost savings.

CenterPoint Energy is deploying the CarbinX technology in a pilot program with 10 of its commercial customers in Minnesota, including Radisson Blu MOA. Additional CarbinX installations are also being considered for inclusion in the utility’s first five-year innovation plan under the Natural Gas Innovation Act, a landmark new Minnesota energy law.

“We are thrilled to be leading the way to the future of hospitality stewardship,” said Alberto Abreu, General Manager of Radisson Blu Mall of America. “We at Radisson Blu Mall of America and Choice Hotels International are committed to being part of the climate change solution, and we are proud to be a leader in the industry as the first hotel in the world to install a CarbinX unit. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with CenterPoint Energy and CleanO2 to demonstrate the success of CarbinX in this setting, and we’re extremely optimistic about the impact this technology can make.”

Steve Greenley, CenterPoint Energy’s Senior Vice President for Utility Operations Support, said, “CenterPoint Energy is committed to evaluating innovative solutions to reduce emissions and advance a cleaner energy future. Through our natural gas utility in Minnesota, we are excited to offer our business customers the opportunity to deploy this new technology that can help decrease their carbon footprint while also reducing their energy usage and heating bills.”

Jaeson Cardiff, CEO of CleanO2, said, “Moving carbon capture technology to the mainstream takes vision and commitment. At some point, we hope people will take it for granted. But right now, we need leadership and collaboration. That’s exactly what we’ve experienced from CenterPoint Energy and Radisson Blu Mall of America. We’re proud to collaborate with them for this installation.”

Having this innovative new technology installed at Radisson Blu MOA is one example of Choice Hotels’ overall focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts to strengthen sustainability in the lodging industry while driving financial returns and lower costs for owners.

For a brief video explaining how the CarbinX unit works, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBniOXtrkmU

To learn more about this technology, visit: CenterPointEnergy.com/CarbonCapture

CenterPoint Energy Forward-Looking Statement

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “projection,” “should,” “target,” “will” or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as CenterPoint Energy’s ability to execute on its generation transition plan and to implement cleaner energy, the expansion of CenterPoint Energy’s pilot program, the inclusion of certain technologies in CenterPoint Energy’s future innovation plans, the extent and amount of, if any, of anticipated bill and energy reductions, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include risks and uncertainties relating to: (1) the impact of pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) financial market conditions; (3) general economic conditions; (4) the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions; (5) effects of competition; (6) weather variations; (7) changes in business plans; (8) continued disruptions to the global supply chain and increases in commodity prices; (9) legislative decisions, including tax and developments related to the environment such as global climate change, air emissions, carbon and waste water discharges; (10) CenterPoint Energy’s ability to execute on its initiatives, targets and goals and operations and maintenance goals and (11) other factors, risks and uncertainties discussed in CenterPoint Energy’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CenterPoint Energy Net Zero Disclaimer

CenterPoint Energy’s Scope 1 emissions estimates are calculated from emissions that directly come from its operations. CenterPoint Energy’s Scope 2 emissions estimates are calculated from emissions that indirectly come from its energy usage, but because Texas is in an unregulated market, its Scope 2 estimates do not take into account Texas electric transmission and distribution assets in the line loss calculation and exclude emissions related to purchased power between 2024E-2026E. CenterPoint Energy’s Scope 3 emissions estimates are based on the total natural gas supply delivered to residential and commercial customers as reported in the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Form EIA-176 reports and do not take into account the emissions of transport customers and emissions related to upstream extraction. While CenterPoint Energy believes that it has a clear path towards achieving its net zero emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2035 goals, its analysis and path forward required it to make a number of assumptions. These goals and underlying assumptions involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees. Should one or more of our underlying assumptions prove incorrect, CenterPoint Energy’s actual results and ability to achieve net zero emissions by 2035 could differ materially from its expectations. Certain of the assumptions that could impact our ability to meet its net zero emissions goals include, but are not limited to: emission levels, service territory size and capacity needs remaining in line with company expectations (inclusive of changes related to the sale of CenterPoint’s Natural Gas businesses in Arkansas and Oklahoma); regulatory approval of Indiana Electric’s generation transition plan; impacts of future environmental regulations or legislation; impacts of future carbon pricing regulation or legislation, including a future carbon tax; price, availability and regulation of carbon offsets; price of fuel, such as natural gas; cost of energy generation technologies, such as wind and solar, natural gas and storage solutions; adoption of alternative energy by the public, including adoption of electric vehicles; rate of technology innovation with regards to alternative energy resources; CenterPoint Energy’s ability to implement its modernization plans for its pipelines and facilities; the ability to complete and implement generation alternatives to Indiana Electric’s coal generation and retirement dates of Indiana Electric’s coal facilities by 2035; the ability to construct and/or permit new natural gas pipelines; the ability to procure resources needed to build at a reasonable cost, the lack of or scarcity of resources and labor, the lack of any project cancellations, construction delays or overruns and the ability to appropriately estimate costs of new generation; impact of any supply chain disruptions; changes in applicable standards or methodologies; and enhancement of energy efficiencies.

Choice Hotels International Forward-Looking Statement

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding environmental, social and governance ambitions, goals, targets, initiatives, commitments and activities, as well as our future operations and long-term strategy. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current beliefs, assumptions and expectations regarding future events, which, in turn, are based on information currently available to management. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements do not guarantee future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. These and other risk factors are discussed in detail in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), including, but not limited to, our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Radisson Blu Mall of America

Radisson Blu Mall of America is an elegant hotel offering the ultimate in style and convenience with direct access via skyway to the mall. This Choice Hotels International property was the first LEED-certified hotel in the region. For more information about the hotel, please visit: www.radissonhotelsamericas.com. To learn more about Choice Hotels’ approach to sustainability, please visit: www.choicehotels.com/about/responsibility/room-to-be-green.

About CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of December 31, 2022, the company owned approximately $38 billion in assets. With approximately 9,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

About CleanO2 Carbon Capture Technologies

CleanO2 is a privately held cleantech company and champion of the circular economy. Its proprietary CarbinX™ technology captures carbon dioxide from natural gas heating systems and converts it into pearl ash (potassium carbonate). CarbinX units have been deployed in Canada, the United States and Japan. CleanO2 pearl ash has numerous commercial applications, including the manufacture of personal care products, cleaning products, fertilizers, foods, pH balancers and more. The revenue from the sale of the pearl ash funds further research and deployment of CarbinX units.

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Vaccine Mandate Repeal Will Boost Travel, U.S. Economy

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WASHINGTON (March 29, 2023)—U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of H.J. Res. 7, a bill to terminate the federal COVID-19 emergency declaration ahead of its May 11 expiration date:

“Today’s bipartisan action by Congress to lift the vaccine requirement for travel to the U.S. eases a significant entry barrier for many global travelers that will move our country forward.

“To further increase global competitiveness, the Biden administration must set a goal to reduce wait times to 21 days for U.S. visitor visas, which still exceed a year in our top 10 visa-requiring markets.

“Together, these policies can help achieve the Commerce Department’s goal of welcoming 90 million visitors annually by 2027. U.S. Travel Association extends its appreciation to Congress and urges President Biden to support the legislation.”

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing the $1.2 trillion travel industry, an essential contributor to our nation’s economy and success. U.S. Travel produces programs and insights and advocates for policies to increase travel to and within the United States. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.

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America’s Executives: Face-to-Face Meetings Grow Revenue

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For every dollar invested in business travel, U.S. companies experience $5.90 ROI

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2023)—Face-to-face meetings and business travel creates measurable benefits for companies and organizations—from increased revenue to lasting and effective professional relationships.

This is the message the U.S. travel industry—and meetings professionals around the world—will share March 30 on Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), the annual international day of advocacy showcasing the value business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and the economy.

“Business leaders know the most persuasive communication doesn’t happen through a screen—it happens when you meet face to face,” said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “Even in a tight economy, face-to-face meetings matter for businesses and workers.”

A 2021 Oxford Economics study featuring statistical modelling over 26 years and 14 industries determined that for every dollar invested in business travel, U.S. companies experienced a $5.90 return in terms of revenue.

According to a survey from J.D. Power and Tourism Economics, 81% of executives view business travel as essential to company operations—with good reason. A study reported in the Harvard Business Review found that face-to-face requests are 34 times more effective than emailed ones.

Downstream Impact on U.S. Economic Sectors, Jobs

Professional meetings and events fuel economic growth and local job creation as well. In 2022, there was nearly $100 billion in meeting and events-related travel spending—representing 38 percent of all business travel expenditures. That spending supported 600,000 American jobs.

“Professional meetings are critical to the success of other industries like manufacturing, education and healthcare, bringing together decision makers across the public and private sectors,” said Freeman. “When you think about it, there is practically no industry sector that doesn’t rely on professional travel to advance its business or goals.”

The federal government has a significant role to play in jumpstarting these business travel activities and should be encouraged to return to the office and get back on the road.

“The federal workforce can provide incredible value to meetings and events while simultaneously setting the tone for private sector companies looking to return to the road,” added Freeman.

How some organizations around the U.S. travel industry are celebrating the power of meetings on GMID:

  • •  Hilton is inviting organizations to share their meeting success story for its “The Meeting that Meant Everything” contest.
  • •  PCMA New England is partnering with MPI New England to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day 2023 in Greater Boston with an educational presentation and networking opportunities.
  • •  Meeting Professionals International will host a 12-hour broadcast featuring industry leaders sharing insights and experiences on the impact of meetings on the global economy.
  • •  Visit Orlando will film a video message in downtown Orlando on the power of meetings and events.
  • •  New Orleans & Company will host an interactive panel on the power of meetings.

GMID is powered by the U.S. Travel Association’s Meetings Mean Business Coalition, co-chaired by Meet Boston President and CEO Martha Sheridan and MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer Stephanie Glanzer.

Social media GMID content will be organized using the hashtags #MeetingsMatter and #GMID2023.

Learn more about GMID and how organizations around the world are celebrating.

U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. Travelers in the United States are estimated to spend $1.1 trillion in 2022 (still 10% below 2019 levels). U.S. Travel advocates for policies to accelerate an even recovery across the travel industry and restore economic and job growth for this essential contributor to our nation’s success. Visit ustravel.org for information and recovery-related data.

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California Lodging Investment Conference [CLIC] Completes Successful Sixth Annual Event

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ANAHEIM, Cali., March 29, 2023—Officials of the California Lodging Investment Conference [CLIC], the only hospitality conference focused on the California hotel market, today announced the successful conclusion and follow-up survey results for its sixth annual event held at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.  With over 250 attendees, the opening reception followed by a one-day event hosted multiple panels led by industry experts discussing the California hotel real estate market in depth.

“This year’s event gathered California’s top hotel owners, developers, operators, consultants and industry leaders to what has become the premier event for hoteliers with stakes in the Golden State,” said,” said Craig Sullivan, founder and president, [CLIC].  “Unlike other conferences merely hosted here, CLIC takes a unique and focused approach on the California hospitality marketplace exclusively, providing both a lens and series of speakers and panelists that cannot be replicated elsewhere.  If you have hotel dealings here, CLIC is the event for you.”

This year’s event kicked off with an opening night networking mixer, open for the first time to all registered attendees.  The conference commenced in earnest the following morning with opening remarks by Sullivan followed by a state-of-the-industry outlook by Bruce Ford, Lodging Econometrics.  Three panels on “Hotel Labor,” “Hotel: Refuel: Up Your F&B Game” and “Hotel Transactions” filled most of the conference.  The conference concluded with the 2023 Development Deal of the Year awarded in two categories, Luxury Hotel/Resort for The Stanley Ranch and Upper Upscale Select Service for the Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown.

“If 2023 shapes up the way many CLIC attendees predicted, the hospitality industry looks to be in for a profitable ride,” Sullivan concluded.  “We look forward to seeing just how well things went next year at our seventh annual event.”

About [CLIC]

The California Lodging Investment Conference is the nation’s only hospitality conference focused exclusively on the California hotel market.  Now celebrating its 5th year, the day-long event draws some of the industry’s largest and most well-known owners, operators, brands and hospitality-related experts in the world.

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Steps Up to the Plate as Official Hotel Partner of Minor League Baseball

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Multi-year deal brings world’s largest hotel franchisor and number one hotel rewards program into
120 ballparks, driving new hotel stays while unlocking one-of-a-kind member experiences

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 29, 2023) – Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,100 hotels spanning more than 95 countries, today announced a new multi-season partnership with Minor League Baseball. The deal makes Wyndham the Official Hotel
Partner of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) with its award-winning loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards,
becoming MiLB’s Official Hotel Loyalty Partner.

Wyndham chose Minor League Baseball as the program’s newest partner based on MiLB’s growing
popularity, accessibility, and strong synergies between its guests, particularly its rewards members, and
MiLB’s fan base. For the past five years, Wyndham Rewards has been named the number one hotel
rewards program by readers of USA TODAY. Known for championing everyday travelers through its
unmatched simplicity and generous rewards, the program offers members unparalleled access to a
growing redemption portfolio of more than 50,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals
around the world.

“Minor League Baseball has been grooming and celebrating the sport’s next-generation of stars for
decades, all while entertaining fans and helping families make memories that last a lifetime,” said Dana
Rosenberg, senior vice president of Marketing at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “Our partnership brings guests and members closer to something we already know they love, and in doing so, makes it easier than ever for them to unlock new value and experiences with Wyndham and Wyndham Rewards.”

Through Wyndham’s new relationship with Minor League Baseball, Wyndham Rewards members will
soon be able to redeem points for unprecedented access to all that MiLB has to offer, including: tickets
to Minor League games, one-of-a-kind experiences such as throwing a first pitch, behind-the-scenes
ballpark tours, batting practice field access and more. Benefits are slated to go live later this summer.

“Baseball fans love traveling to see the many ballparks around the country and watching their favorite
teams play,” said Uzma Rawn, senior vice president, Global Partnerships, Major League Baseball. “When you consider our Minor League Baseball stadiums around the country, on average nearly 20 by
Wyndham branded hotels are within a 25-mile radius. It’s a partnership that truly fits like a glove.”

Wyndham’s partnership with Minor League Baseball also includes a series of additional touch points
designed to raise visibility of the program among fans while simplifying travel to and from their favorite
Minor League games. These include a heavy presence at over 8,000 scheduled Minor League games in the form of branded stadium features, sponsorship of Minor League Baseball’s Official Ballpark Guides, a robust social and digital media presence, and Wyndham booking links on MiLB.com as well as all 120 Minor League Baseball Club sites. The deal also carries additional benefits for Wyndham franchisees. Notably, official MiLB League travel will now include stays at Wyndham hotels. What’s more, franchisees will have access to all team logos, allowing for cross marketing opportunities between hotels and their local Minor League team.

Added Rosenberg, “This is an incredibly rich and detailed partnership, one that brings immense value
not just for Wyndham Rewards, but Wyndham’s thousands of hotel franchisees who are the heart of
everything we do.”

Named the number one hotel loyalty program by readers of USA TODAY, Wyndham Rewards is the only hotel loyalty program offering members a guaranteed 1,000 points with every qualified stay. Free nights start at just 7,500 points per night, while discounted nights start at 1,500 points plus some cash. The program’s member levels (status), which are among the most attainable in travel, allow members to unlock benefits like a preferred room, late checkout, accelerated earning, suite upgrades and more.

About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball consists of 120 teams across four classification levels (Single-A, High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A) that are affiliated with Major League Baseball’s 30 teams. Fans flock to MiLB games to see baseball’s future stars and experience the affordable family-friendly entertainment that has been a staple of MiLB since 1901. For more information, visit MiLB.com. Follow MiLB on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchising company by the number of properties, with approximately 9,100 hotels across over 95 countries on six continents. Through its network of approximately 843,000 rooms appealing to the everyday traveler, Wyndham commands a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry.  The Company operates a portfolio of 24 hotel brands, including Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Microtel®, La Quinta®, Baymont®, Wingate®, AmericInn®, Hawthorn Suites®, Trademark Collection® and Wyndham®. The Company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards loyalty program offers nearly 100 million enrolled members the opportunity to redeem points at thousands of hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.

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Culinary Program Boasts 20 Fine and Casual Dining Options With A Variety of Global Cuisines and Robust Wine, Beer And Cocktail Programs

CHARLOTTE HARBOR, Fla., March 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The highly anticipated Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor unveils an unforgettable dining collection and innovative beverage program. The resort will feature 20 first-of-its-kind, wholly owned and branded food and beverage concepts, which include seven signature restaurants, 11 bars and lounges and a food hall spanning 25,000 square feet. Set upon the Peace River, the waterfront resort will showcase fine and casual dining options with everything one could want including a modern steakhouse, a trattoria-style Italian restaurant, coastal Mexican restaurant, an immersive stadium inspired sports bar, a full-service in-house patisserie, beautiful outdoor dining and much more. At the centerpiece of the Sunseeker’s main tower will be the food hall, a vibrant social hub unique to Southwest Florida where guests can explore 11 distinctive eateries. The bar and lounge areas throughout the resort feature a robust wine program with a selection of internationally acclaimed fine wines, modern crafted cocktails, local beer, and tropical libations, which are the perfect accompaniment to the resort-driven elevated dining experiences available.

“We are excited to finally reveal our signature food and beverage concepts at Sunseeker Resort,” says Carlos Cepero, Sunseeker Resorts Executive Director of Food & Beverage. “The shared satisfaction in serving our guests well and challenging ourselves to find ways to continuously improve and master our craft, is what makes Sunseeker Resort’s food and beverage venues the place to display our passion for hospitality!”

Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor One-of-a-Kind Culinary Portfolio List

  • Maury’s Steak, Seafood & Spirits
    • Location: Ground level of Sunsuites Lotus Tower
    • An elevated seafood and steakhouse open nightly for dinner. At the base of the entry an impressive wine wall with over 600 bottles will welcome guests before they enter the dining room filled with rich dark woods and contemporary design finishes. Maury’s will offer the finest selections of aged beef and sustainable seafood from both the local region and oceans afar.  Two intimate private dining rooms will host the perfect setting for executive-level or special gatherings of up to 16 people.
    • Seating Capacity: 200
  • Stretto Coastal Italian Table
    • Location: Ground Level Sunsuites Lotus Tower
    • An indoor and outdoor casual trattoria open nightly for dinner offering guests approachable Italian cuisine with freshly made pastas, flatbreads, Italian-inspired seafood and meat dishes, and farm-to-table fresh ingredients. The beverage program will feature unique signature cocktails along with various representations of both Italian beers and Tuscan wines. A large brick-oven will serve as the centerpiece of the restaurant, complementing a glass-enclosed show kitchen. The large private dining room with its own outdoor water facing private patio can accommodate groups of 40.
    • Seating Capacity: 300
  • Blue Lime Modern Coastal Mexican
    • Location: Second Level of Building Adjacent to Reflections Pool
    • A contemporary Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant open nightly for dinner with picturesque views of Charlotte Harbor and Reflections Pool. The food respects the historical recipes of classical Mexican cuisine while the flavors are more modern, layered and bold. The bar will be a staple feature of the restaurant and offer a modern twist on classic Mexican cocktails, an expansive collection of Mexican beers and more than 100 tequilas.
    • Seating Capacity: 250
  • Allegiant Stadium Sports Table Tap
    • Location: Ground Level Sunsuites Iris Tower
    • Welcome to Allegiant’s very own sports brand, open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night sports action. Allegiant Stadium Sports Bar will be the perfect place for fans to feel the energy and excitement from every seat in the house during games as they enjoy unobstructed views of more than 60 HDTVs. A crisp sound system brings the experience to life so game plays are never missed, or guests can enjoy up-beat mainstream music. The menu will feature Americana pub food made with approachable, fun, indulgent ingredients. There will be a wide selection of cold beers on tap in the keg room in addition to a signature cocktail menu.
    • Seating Capacity: 250
  • Half Cracked Tiki Shack
    • Location: Main Resort Tower – Adjacent (North) of Harbor Yards Food Hall
    • Half Cracked Tiki Shack will offer authentic Gulf Coast flavors with a nod to Caribbean “Island Life” culture and décor celebrating coastal ocean living, featuring eclectic specialties such as bucket o’ shrimp, steamed clams, baked oysters, fresh grilled fish, in addition to burgers, ribs and chicken. The high-energy, whimsical bar program will include jumbo Fishbowl punch and signature Tiki Torch drinks, in addition to dozens of frozen cocktails, beer and wine. For resort guests or locals looking for late-night entertainment, Half Cracked will offer a nightly lineup of live music performances.
    • Seating Capacity: 200
  • Level Blue Rooftop Pool Bar & Bites
    • Location: 8th Floor of Main Resort Tower
    • This exclusive adults-only rooftop experience overlooking Charlotte Harbor will serve fun and exciting specialty cocktails and a menu offering fresh, lighter fare to quench any appetite. With awe-inspiring 360-degree views this rooftop experience will be the perfect setting for sunset.
    • Seating Capacity: 125 pool lounge chairs and 100 dining area
  • Reflections Pool Complex
    • Location: Elevated Ground Level off the Promenade Walkway adjacent to Main Tower
    • The Reflections Pool tropical oasis will boast bayside views of Charlotte Harbor with comfortable lounge chairs and cabanas. Guests will be pampered on the pool deck, where they can soak in the sun and grab refreshing frozen cocktails, signature drinks or ice cold bottled and draft beers. Small bites and lunch will also be available to order from lounge chairs, or guests can dine in the air-conditioned Waterside Table Restaurant & Bar while enjoying open-air views of the pool and the adjacent harbor.
    • Seating Capacity: 350 pool lounge chairs and 9 cabanas
  • Reflections Bar
    • Location: Ground Level Reflections Pool
    • Reflections Bar will be the perfect place for guests to walk up and grab refreshing frozen cocktails, signature drinks or bottled beers. Bar top or poolside seating will be available for guests who are looking to catch a game on the TVs, grab a bite, or to relax and enjoy the music and tropical views.
    • Seating Capacity: 75
  • Waterside Table Restaurant + Bar
    • Location: Ground Level of Building Adjacent to Reflections Pool
    • Located between the pool Oasis and the Charlotte Harbor, Waterside Table will be a place to grab refreshing frozen cocktails, signature drinks, ice cold bottle or draft beers. Guests can sit at the bar or dine in the air-conditioned restaurant, boasting an elevated open-air view of the pool and harbor. The menu will offer fresh coastal poolside fare, shared plates, fish tacos, Angus burgers and salads.
    • Seating Capacity: 175
  • Harbor Yards Food Hall
    • Location: Main Resort Tower adjacent to Lobby
    • The 25,000 square foot Harbor Yards Food Hall will be Sunseeker Resort’s culinary centerpiece with 11 unique wholly owned and branded concepts open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring: Riverfront Roast coffee; Brick + Daisy wine bar and cocktails; Chartisan charcuterie, cheese and antipasti; Sweet Shine patisserie and  dessert bar; Arezzo craft pizza kitchen; Taqueria Puerto coastal cantina; Kinderhook raw bar and  crab company; Saddle Creek classic American favorites; Daikon Asian kitchen, noodle and sushi; Charlotte Parlor gelato and  creperie; and Copper Cask beer garden and custom cocktails. This one-of-a-kind food emporium is united by superb attention to detail, chef-crafted recipes, and high quality of food and drink. The dining area will offer both indoor social gathering seating and outdoor patios. Additional highlights will include visually stimulating food displays and interactive open kitchens where chefs will prepare food in front of your eyes.
    • Seating Capacity: 650

The culinary experience at Sunseeker is the foundation of our resort. We know how important it is for travelers and the local community to have dining options from approachable and casual to fine and celebratory,” says Sunseeker Resorts Senior Vice President Jason Shkorupa. “We bring something truly unique to the market—and the hospitality industry—and we cannot wait to start welcoming guests in October.”

Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor is now accepting guest reservations for stays beginning in October 2023 and is located at 4949 Tamiami Trail Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980. For more information or to make reservations at Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor, visit www.sunseekerresorts.com or call (833) 909-5700. For the most up-to-date news and information, please follow the hotel on Instagram @SunseekerResorts.


Opening October 2023, Florida’s newest luxury resort located in Charlotte Harbor is the first resort property of Sunseeker Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company. Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor occupies over 22 waterfront acres with 785 guestrooms, including 189 Signature Sunsuites™. Set upon the Peace River and Florida’s Gulf Coast, this premier resort offers 20 original dining and bar concepts; including seven stand-alone restaurants and a 25,000-square-foot food hall experience. Additional hotel amenities include a waterfront promenade, two unique rooftop and waterfront pool experiences, 60,000-square-feet of combined convention space, full-service spa and salon, a 7,100-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center with four group exercise studios with specialty instructor-lead classes, seven retail and market shops and an 18-hole championship-level golf club exclusive to hotel guests only. The resort is conveniently located within a short drive of Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, Tampa, St. Petersburg-Clearwater and Sarasota airports. For more information, visit www.SunseekerResorts.com. Follow us on Instagram: @SunseekerResorts and like us on Facebook: @SunseekerResorts.

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Banyan Tree Management Relaunches as Aperture Hotels

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ATLANTA, March 27, 2023—Officials of the former Banyan Tree Management today announced that the company has relaunched as Aperture Hotels.  The new company will continue to provide hotel management services but with an eye on expanding its third-party management portfolio and possible management company M&A.

“Historically, we have been seen almost exclusively as an extension of Banyan Investment Group, providing services only for their portfolio,” said Charles Oswald, president and CEO, Aperture Hotels.  “The truth of the matter, however, is that we actively and eagerly provide third-party operating services for all hotel owners, and we feel relaunching as a stand-alone entity helps clarify that.  We’ve assembled a senior team that has collective experience operating over 400 hotels in every chain scale, from select-service to premium lifestyle, and we look forward to deploying that experience to help more owners achieve superior guest experience, team member engagement and improved bottom lines.”

Aperture currently operates more than 2,000 rooms across 15 hotels and resorts.  The company’s diverse portfolio is comprised of branded and independent properties in urban, suburban and leisure destination markets throughout the United States.  With 500-plus employees across its portfolio, Aperture has experience operating all the major brands, including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG, Choice and Wyndham.

“Aperture is a one-stop solution for owners seeking services for the entire ownership cycle, from pre-opening through eventual sale,” Oswald added.  “Our veteran team has provided these services through multiple economic cycles, from industry highs to industry lows.  We have a proven record of value enhancement through portfolio-wide gains in market share, outperforming Gross Operating Profit margins, quick property turnarounds and engaged team members, producing outsized returns for our partners and investors.  With a bright outlook for hotels ahead, we look forward to growing with the industry.”

About Aperture Hotels

Aperture is an emerging leader in the hotel management industry.  The company operates properties with the largest hotel brands in the world, including Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Wyndham and Choice Hotels.  Aperture follows a value-based approach to management, which is evidenced by an above average portfo­lio-wide Gross Operating Profit margin.  The company’s approach to management allows it to achieve outsized risk adjusted returns for partners and investors.

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